Alaska DOT&PF approves
Long-Range Transportation Policy Plan
March 02, 2008
(SitNews) - The Alaska Department of Transportation and Public
Facilities (DOT&PF) on Friday approved Let's Get
Moving 2030, Alaska's new Statewide Long-Range Transportation
The document was signed by Commissioner Leo von Scheben, following
public review and comment on the draft plan. It was available
for public review from Nov. 23, 2007 to Feb. 1, 2008. DOT&PF
received more than 100 public comments on the plan.
The plan establishes state transportation vision and policy direction
to guide statewide transportation planning and development through
the year 2030.
"Alaska's economic and social wellbeing depends on
a modern, efficient, and reliable transportation system,"
said DOT&PF Commissioner Leo von Scheben. "This plan
will be used as a framework to set priorities and guide our work
to ensure that Alaskans continue to enjoy the benefits of mobility."
Let's Get Moving 2030 is designed to help analyze
the costs associated with the state's transportation infrastructure.
It creates a tool to measure improvements of management practices
and determines if additional funds are necessary to maintain
existing facilities. The plan also sets system development priorities
and the best use of limited project funding.
The plan recommends several strategies to address the identified
gap between documented needs and available funding. The strategies
Prioritize Needs steps
to prioritize among needs
Manage for Results steps to increase efficiency
Constrain Needs steps to limit the total transportation
need placed upon State of Alaska
Increase Revenues steps to increase funds available for
meeting transportation needs
In the plan, ADOT&PF states
the agency is responsible for most of the roads and bridges in
the state, barring some local roads and Community Transportation
Program roads. There are about 14,800 lane miles of state-owned
roads and about 1.000 state-owned bridges. Although Alaska is
the largest state in terms of area, it has the fifth-lowest road
mileage in the nation. The primary reason cited by ADOT&PF
for this is that most people live in the urbanized areas; and
that extreme weather, rugged terrain, vast distances, low population
density and scattered islands make road construction difficult
and very costly compared to the number of users.
The plan also states that the
Alaska Marine Highway System is a critical part of Alaska's transportation
system and the service it provides is part of the National Highway
System. For many communities in coastal Alaska, ferry service
is their highway, providing connections to other communities
The final plan states that
the Alaska Marine Highway System carries approximately 300,00
passengers and 100,000 vehicles every year.
According to the final plan,
highway and bridges system development needs for Alaska total
$550 million yearly. The system development needs through 2030
are identified by consolidating project needs identified in all
regional plans, metropolitan plans, and the Statewide Transportation
Improvement Program. These needs, when restricted to projects
identified in existing plans, total over $12 billion translating
to at least $550 million per year. Highways and bridges routing
maintenance needs are projected at $104 million per year.
Let's Get Moving 2030 supersedes Vision:
2020 Update, completed in November 2002. The statewide transportation
policy plan is normally updated at 5-year intervals.
On the Web:
The main document providing
detailed information and the appendices can be downloaded from
the Alaska DOT & PF website:
Response of Comments on the
Public Review Draft Plan - February 2008
Alaska Department of Transportation
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