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Kodiak ADA Improvements, Segment 5, Rezanof Drive

State Project # SFHWY00433 / Federal Project # 0011050

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Purpose & Need

The Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities (DOT&PF) is proposing to provide a continuous accessible route along the north side of Rezanof Drive between Marine Way and Benny Benson Drive, a 2-mile-long corridor in the City of Kodiak. Currently, this stretch of Rezanof Drive includes narrow sidewalk widths, excessive cross slopes, and numerous curb ramps not compliant with standards required in the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

Project Description

ADA improvements would be made to sidewalks, curb ramps, driveways, and street crossings of Kodiak Segment 5 of the Southcoast ADA audit, approximately 1.9 miles of Rezanof Drive, between milepoint (MP) 1.905 to 3.877.

Construction is anticipated to commence in phases starting in 2026 and continuing in 2027.

Public Meeting

The project team hosted a public meeting on Tuesday, April 16 from 6-8 p.m. at the Kodiak East Elementary School, 200 Benny Benson Drive.

Purpose of a Public Meeting

The purpose of the public meeting is to provide an opportunity for the public to learn about the proposed project improvements, ask questions, voice their opinions, communicate concerns, and provide any recommendations. The public meeting allows the project team to gain a better understanding of the community’s interests, and to provide comment on the preliminary project design and its impacts. By receiving public feedback during project development, the design team can take a proactive approach engaging them for collaborative solutions.

The environmental review, consultation, and other actions required by applicable Federal environmental laws for this project are being, or have been, carried out by DOT&PF pursuant to 23 U.S.C. 327 and a Memorandum of Understanding dated April 13, 2023, and executed by FHWA and DOT&PF.

Government agencies sometimes need to acquire additional property rights for public projects. The Uniform Act (49 CFR Part 24) is used to assure equitable treatment to property owners and that just compensation is provided for any additional property rights. The Right of Way section will reach out directly to any property owners whose property, or a portion of property, is necessary for the construction of the project. The Right of Way Acquisitions Brochure explains the rights and benefits of property owners whose real property is to be acquired.

In order to certify federally-funded projects, all encroachments within the construction corridor will require removal or permitting (23 CFR Part 635.309(c)(1)). An encroachment is any unpermitted use of right-of-way for non-transportation purposes. Removal of private property from the state’s right-of-way is not compensable under state statutes. Removal of encroachments by the DOT&PF or their construction contractor may be billed to the contiguous owner. Advanced notifications of encroachments will be sent to the appropriate contiguous property owners. Questions regarding encroachments, or the property limits of the state’s right-of-way, may be addressed to the regional ROW Property Management office, (907) 465-4499.

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