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The project team held the first public open house on March 16, 2021 over Zoom. Meeting materials, including the pre-recorded presentation, are available here.

Project Overview

The Seward Highway: 36th Avenue Interchange project will improve safety and reduce delays by constructing a new interchange at the intersection of Seward Highway and 36th Avenue. The intersection of the Seward Highway and 36th Avenue is one of the busiest intersections with the most crashes in the Anchorage bowl. Bicyclists and pedestrians report that it is difficult to cross the highway and users report a general lack of east-west connectivity in the area. Planned improvements include grade separations, highway ramps, non-motorized facilities, and new frontage roads connecting Tudor Road to 36th Avenue.

This project will:

  • Improve flow for all travel modes
  • Support the separation of local trips from through trips
  • Improve facilities for pedestrians and bicyclists
  • Increase safety, and
  • Reduce delays.

The project area measures approximately one mile along the Seward Highway. It also extends along 36th Avenue between approximately LaTouche Street to the east and Denali Street to the west.

Background

The Seward Highway: 36th Avenue Interchange Project is the first project to move forward from the Midtown Congestion Relief (MCR) Planning and Environmental Linkages (PEL) Study. The MCR PEL Study focused on the area surrounding the Seward Highway corridor from the Tudor Road interchange to approximately the 20th Avenue intersection through Midtown Anchorage. It sought to comprehensively develop and evaluate corridor concepts that would address safety and congestion issues where the Seward Highway transitions from a controlled access freeway south of Tudor Road to a slower speed major arterial road at 36th Avenue. The PEL Study process concluded in April 2020, and further information on the PEL Study process and report can be found here.