In Anchorage, AK, the Seward Highway is the primary north-south artery for the Anchorage Bowl with long distances between ramps and highway crossings and an average daily traffic count ranging from 20,000 to 60,000 vehicles. During the morning and afternoon commute periods, traffic volume increases, travel speed reduces, and traffic often diverts to frontage roads as travelers make their way to and from employment centers. During evening peak hours, the traffic exiting at ramps often backs up onto the freeway, creating potentially unsafe conditions. The limited crossings are also a barrier to pedestrian and bicycle travel.
Kittelson worked with the teaming partners CH2M and DOWL to develop and evaluate the project corridor and interchange improvements, and to enhance multi-modal connectivity across the highway in order to address safety, non-motorized travel, and vehicle capacity issues.
Congestion Relief + Improved Bike/Ped Mobility in Alaska
The proposed elements include a new interchange at Scooter Drive/Academy Drive to facilitate direct neighborhood and shopping center access, relieve congestion on Dimond Boulevard, and create an efficient pedestrian and bicycle link across the Seward Highway. The Dimond Boulevard and O’Malley Boulevard interchanges are proposed to be converted into diverging diamond interchanges (DDIs) to reduce congestion and improve safety performance along those corridors.