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Neck Lake Road Reconstruction, Neck Lake Junction to the Community of Whale Pass, AK

Project Description

The Neck Lake Road project is located on Prince of Wales Island and connects the North of Prince of Wales Island Road to the community of Whale Pass and the community's marine access facilities. In its current state, the road is a single-lane aggregate surface with poor alignment and limited sight distance in some areas. Additionally, the width of the road varies between seventeen to twenty-four feet wide.

This project will support the current and future transportation system, principally the Southeast Alaska Transportation Plan. Once it is completed, the physical and operational features of the road will be improved by providing an all-weather driving surface, eliminating the rough road and reducing dust. This in turn will reduce maintenance. It will also provide better access to recreation and subsistence activities and support economic development through efficient access.

Project Partners

  • Federal Highway Administration – Western Federal Lands Highway Division (WFLHD)
  • United States Forest Service – Tongass National Forest (FS)
  • Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities (ADOT&PF)

Scope of Work

  • Reconstruct the road to include two 9' lanes and 1' paved (Chip seal or asphalt pavement) shoulders with a design speed 30 mph.
  • Design will replace cross drainage and live water culverts to meet current design standards. Several streams have anadramous fish and designs must meet appropriate state fish passage standards.
  • Design the replacement of deficient bridges along this corridor.
  • Design will include re-vegetation of disturbed slopes with native species if possible.
  • Review all signing and replace as needed to bring up to the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD) standards. Review existing guardrail for condition replace as needed. Continuous runs of guardrail are generally not warranted. Install traffic markings through entire project limits.

Anticipated Timeline

While environmental compliance and design funds have been secured, this project is currently listed in the ADOT&PF Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) for construction funding sometime beyond 2021. Completing the project design and "shelving" it will allow for flexibility, should construction funding materialize sooner than anticipated.

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