Palmer-Wasilla Highway Center Left Turn Lane Widening
MP 0.86 (Hemmer Rd) to MP 9.97 (Hurley Circle) Project No. 51829Z518290000 / 0441008
The State of Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities (DOT&PF) has begun a Highway Safty Improvement Program (HSIP) project on the Palmer Wasilla Highway between Palmer and Wasilla. The HSIP program and the Strategic Highway Safety Plan goals are to reduce fatal and major injury collisions statewide. Fatal and major injury crash mapping on high speed rural corridors led the DOT&PF to focus in 2011 on a project for the Palmer-Wasilla Highway. Out of five Safety Corridor candidates, the Palmer-Wasilla Highway was the only one without major investments pending.
The project will enhance the safety of the Palmer-Wasilla Highway corridor and mitigate the rear-end, head on, and angle collisions related to a higher density of driveways and left turning related crashes in the corridor. Palmer-Wasilla Highway will be widened to create three lanes with a center two-way left turn lane. The multi-use pathway and clear zones will remain on the north side, but will be relocated.
The DOT&PF is pursuing the current project to meet today’s traffic needs and extend the life of the corridor, recognizing that a more significant improvement will be needed in the future when funding allows.
The DOT&PF is sensitive to the needs of local residents and businesses, and is committed to working with you to address your concerns. If you have questions or comments, wish to have your name added to the mailing list for project updates, want contact information for project members or would like to submit comments, please submit comments here.