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Press Release: 18-1007
Contact: Shannon McCarthy, (907)269-0448,

State of Alaska and federal government to advance highway project
Federal, State highway officials to sign final EIS for the Sterling Highway Milepost 45-60 project

(JUNEAU, Alaska) – The Federal Highway Administration and Alaska Department of Transportation & Public Facility will sign the final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Sterling Highway Milepost 45-60 project at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 7.

This is a major milestone in advancing one of the longest active environmental documents in the United States, which started nearly 40 years ago. The project was particularly challenging to develop due to its proximity to the Kenai River and Lake, Kenai National Wildlife Refuge, and Resurrection Pass National Recreation Trail, as well as steep terrain, nearby historic and cultural resource sites, and limited right-of-way.

Today's signing of the final EIS initiates further public involvement. As the project is developed there will be a robust public involvement process and after considering comments a Record of Decision will be issued.

  • Who: Governor Bill Walker, Commissioner Marc Luiken, and FHWA Division Administrator Sandra Garcia-Aline

  • What: Historic signing of EIS agreement

  • When: 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 7

  • Where: Alaska State Capitol, Third Floor


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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