After Series of Deadly Crashes Critical Road Project Restarted
House Republicans Representing Valley Praise Announcement
Thursday, March 30, 2017, Juneau, Alaska – Valley Representatives are celebrating the restart of a critical safety project on Knik Goose Bay Road. Despite being fully funded, the Governor placed the project on hold last year.
“It was disappointing to see Alaskan lives put in jeopardy,” says Representative Mark Neuman (R-Big Lake). “I’m glad to hear the safety of Alaskans in this part the state are being put above politics.”
Since the project was placed on hold 4 lives have been lost on KGB Road. A 2011 report from the Mat-Su Borough showed KGB Road was already over capacity.
“This is so timely considering there was another accident along KGB Road this morning. Regardless of the specific circumstances, it still highlights the need for upgrades,” says Representative Cathy Tilton (R-Chugiak/Mat-Su).
Rep. Tilton has been fighting to see this project revitalized. During the budget process in House Finance she added intent language that would move the project forward at no cost since it was already funded with $20 million in bonds.
Due to the dangers of travel on this road it was designated a safety corridor in 2009. A variety of safety upgrades including realignment, traffic signals and lighting are core components of the project.
“People in my community have been begging for safety to be a priority,” says Representative Colleen Sullivan-Leonard (R-Wasilla). “I’m relieved to finally see this project taken off an unnecessary hold. I’m going to sleep better knowing my friends and neighbors are safer.”
The Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities says right-of-way work will resume immediately. Construction is expected in 2019.
For more information contact press secretary Mallory Walser at Mallory.Walser@akleg.gov or 907-465-3842.