(ANCHORAGE, Alaska) – The Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) is the Alaska Dept. of Transportation & Public Facilities’ (DOT&PF) four-year program for surface transportation preservation and development. It includes highways, roads, sidewalks, trails, bridges, ferries and public transportation, but does not include aviation projects.
“The draft STIP will allow the public to review projects by community, region, or investment area, such as safety, economic vitality or resiliency,” said DOT&PF Deputy Commissioner Katherine Keith. “It is our goal to provide as much information as possible, allowing communities to plan transportation improvements into the future.”
The STIP reflects the department’s five investment areas—Safety, State of Good Repair, Economic Vitality, Sustainability, and Resiliency. The new STIP also allows the department and public to analyze how investments are being made—by geographic region, legislative district, by mode, or by corridor.
The draft STIP also contains new eligibilities and new programs, including:
The plan also takes a measured approach to major projects—many projects with construction estimates over $100m will be phased over several years. Phasing allows for a healthy contractor community throughout the state—more contractors can compete both in terms of capabilities and frequency of the jobs.
The announcement of the draft STIP starts a 45-day public comment period, in which the public may review the planned projects, and submit questions, comments and concerns about the 2024-2027 plan to the department through Sept. 3, 2023.
“This year, the public will see a newer format,” said DOT&PF Commissioner Ryan Anderson. “We are providing more information that is important to the public—and increase the STIP’s searchability. I would encourage everyone to take a look and let us know what else you would like to see when reviewing this plan.”
The public is encouraged to review and leave comments on the document at dot.alaska.gov/stip and public comments may also be submitted via text at 855-925-2801 or via phone voice message at 855-925-2801, code 2191.
The Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities oversees 237 airports, 9 ferries serving 35 communities along 3,500 marine miles, over 5,600 miles of highway and 839 public facilities throughout the state of Alaska. The mission of the department is to “Keep Alaska Moving through service and infrastructure.”
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