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02/15/2018 01:30 PM TRANSPORTATION

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01:30:42 PM Start
01:31:03 PM Overview: Department of Transportation and Public Facilities Central Region Design and Construction Update
02:37:20 PM Adjourn
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                    ALASKA STATE LEGISLATURE                                                                                  
            SENATE TRANSPORTATION STANDING COMMITTEE                                                                          
                       February 15, 2018                                                                                        
                           1:30 p.m.                                                                                            
MEMBERS PRESENT                                                                                                               
Senator Bert Stedman, Chair                                                                                                     
Senator Anna MacKinnon                                                                                                          
Senator Click Bishop                                                                                                            
Senator David Wilson                                                                                                            
Senator Dennis Egan                                                                                                             
MEMBERS ABSENT                                                                                                                
All members present                                                                                                             
COMMITTEE CALENDAR                                                                                                            
OVERVIEW: Department of Transportation and Public Facilities                                                                    
Central Region Design and Construction Update                                                                                   
     - HEARD                                                                                                                    
WITNESS REGISTER                                                                                                              
DAVE KEMP, Director-Central Region                                                                                              
Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities                                                                       
Anchorage, Alaska                                                                                                               
POSITION STATEMENT: Provided an overview of the Alaska                                                                        
Department of Transportation & Public Facilities Central                                                                        
Region's transportation projects.                                                                                               
ACTION NARRATIVE                                                                                                              
1:30:42 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR BERT STEDMAN called the Senate Transportation Standing                                                                  
Committee meeting to order at 1:30 p.m. Present at the call to                                                                  
order were Senators MacKinnon, Egan, Wilson, and Chair Stedman.                                                                 
^OVERVIEW: Department of Transportation and Public Facilities                                                                   
Central Region Design and Construction Update                                                                                   
  OVERVIEW: DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION AND PUBLIC FACILITIES                                                              
          CENTRAL REGION DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION UPDATE                                                                     
1:31:03 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR  STEDMAN   announced  that   the  committee  will   hear  a                                                               
presentation  from the  Alaska Department  of Transportation  and                                                               
Public   Facilities   Central   Region   regarding   design   and                                                               
construction projects.                                                                                                          
1:31:41 PM                                                                                                                    
DAVE  KEMP,  Director,  Central   Region,  Alaska  Department  of                                                               
Transportation and  Public Facilities, Anchorage,  Alaska, shared                                                               
his work history in Alaska.  He disclosed that he started working                                                               
for DOT&PF in 2005.                                                                                                             
He addressed slide  2: Meet the People of  DOT&PF, and recognized                                                               
employees  from  the  Kenai   District  for  their  award-winning                                                               
efforts  in  lowering  costs  and  creatively  utilizing  funding                                                               
sources for projects.                                                                                                           
He addressed  slide 3: Snapshot  of Central Region,  and detailed                                                               
as follows:                                                                                                                     
   • 70 airports:                                                                                                               
        o 46 are maintained by contractors,                                                                                     
        o 24 are maintained by DOT&PF.                                                                                          
   • 4,600 lane miles of roads.                                                                                                 
   • Whittier Tunnel (2.5 miles, longest in North America).                                                                     
   • 245 bridges.                                                                                                               
1:34:34 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR BISHOP joined the committee meeting.                                                                                    
He  addressed  slide 4:  Statewide  Overview,  and referenced  as                                                               
   • Northern Region:                                                                                                           
        o Highway lane miles: 8,920;                                                                                            
        o Maintenance stations: 37;                                                                                             
        o Airports: 101.                                                                                                        
   • Central Region:                                                                                                            
        o Highway lane miles: 4,600;                                                                                            
        o Maintenance stations: 20;                                                                                             
        o Airports: 70.                                                                                                         
   • Southcoast Region:                                                                                                         
        o Highway land miles: 1,528;                                                                                            
        o Maintenance stations: 19;                                                                                             
        o Airports: 69.                                                                                                         
MR.  KEMP  noted  that  each region  has  unique  challenges.  He                                                               
remarked that  there has been  an improvement in  cooperation and                                                               
sharing  of  innovations  between   DOT&PF's  three  regions.  He                                                               
disclosed  that  the  three regional  directors  and  the  DOT&PF                                                               
commissioner  meet  weekly in  addition  to  a monthly  executive                                                               
meeting to  share challenges, lessons learned,  and successes. He                                                               
added  that the  Northern Region  is experimenting  with a  pilot                                                               
program for project teams.                                                                                                      
1:37:03 PM                                                                                                                    
He  addressed  slide  5:  Results   Based  Alignment  (RBA),  and                                                               
detailed as follows:                                                                                                            
   • Results Based Alignment (RBA): Service delivery framework                                                                  
     from which we will validate (measure) the contribution                                                                     
     (efficiency and effectiveness) of the services we deliver                                                                  
     in support of our mission.                                                                                                 
He said all three regions use the same RBA measures.                                                                            
He addressed slide 6: Results  Based Alignment (RBA)-Design Costs                                                               
over Construction Costs at Award, and referenced as follows:                                                                    
   • FY2016:                                                                                                                    
        o Modernize: 14.9 percent,                                                                                              
        o Preserve: 8.6 percent.                                                                                                
   • FY2017:                                                                                                                    
        o Modernize: 17.3 percent,                                                                                              
        o Preserve: 9.3 percent                                                                                                 
He detailed that the decision was  made to measure costs based at                                                               
the  time  of award.  He  explained  that "modernize"  costs  are                                                               
higher   because   the   projects   involve   adding   lanes   or                                                               
environmental  permits whereas  "preserve" tend  to be  "mill and                                                               
pave" related that does not require extensive design work.                                                                      
CHAIR  STEDMAN requested  that DOT&PF  provide a  measurement for                                                               
"new  road miles."  He asked  that  the measurement  be a  longer                                                               
timeline  that  spans  over  decades.   He  added  that  DOT&PF's                                                               
regional presentations  take a longer  timeline approach  as well                                                               
so that the focus is not solely on maintenance and rebuild.                                                                     
1:40:09 PM                                                                                                                    
He pointed out  that DOT&PF is focusing on the  Mat-Su Valley. He                                                               
said  Mat-Su  Valley  has  a  significant  population  where  the                                                               
forecast  for the  area  is  to account  for  80  percent of  the                                                               
state's  growth. He  noted that  there are  issues in  the Mat-Su                                                               
Valley  regarding  east-west  and  north-south  connectivity  and                                                               
transportation is getting worse as the area builds out.                                                                         
SENATOR  MACKINNON asked  why  there was  an  increase in  design                                                               
costs from FY2016 to FY2017.                                                                                                    
MR. KEMP replied that increase  in "modernize" design cost can be                                                               
attributed to the complexity of a project.                                                                                      
SENATOR  MACKINNON asked  how the  Central Region's  design costs                                                               
compare to  other regions.  She noted  that the  Central Region's                                                               
"modernize"  design  costs increased  8  percent  from FY2016  to                                                               
1:43:15 PM                                                                                                                    
MR. KEMP explained  that the regions are  establishing a baseline                                                               
and  the next  step  is to  compare the  regions.  He noted  that                                                               
FY2016  was  the first  year.  He  added  that the  regions  will                                                               
compare nationally as well.                                                                                                     
CHAIR  STEDMAN asked  that a  report be  provided with  all three                                                               
regions compared on one chart.                                                                                                  
SENATOR  MACKINNON  asked   if  right-of-way  acquisitions  could                                                               
influence construction costs.                                                                                                   
MR. KEMP replied  that right-of-way acquisitions are  a huge part                                                               
of DOT&PF's road projects in terms of time and money.                                                                           
SENATOR  BISHOP   asked  if  the   design  costs   are  in-house,                                                               
contracted, or a combination of in-house and contracted.                                                                        
MR. KEMP replied that the  Central Region is measuring the design                                                               
cost  data  but  did  not   segregate  the  information  for  the                                                               
committee presentation.                                                                                                         
1:46:40 PM                                                                                                                    
He addressed  slide 7:  RBA-Construction Engineering  Cost versus                                                               
Contractor Payments, and referenced as follows:                                                                                 
   • FY2016: 15.1 percent.                                                                                                      
   • FY2017: 14.1 percent.                                                                                                      
He explained  that the data  on slide 7  shows how much  money is                                                               
paid to someone else or in-house  once a project gets started. He                                                               
noted that the  numbers are comparable to  national standards. He                                                               
reiterated that the data will be compared between the regions.                                                                  
MR. KEMP addressed  slide 8: RBA-Time to Restore  Roads to Target                                                               
Conditions-Snow Removal.                                                                                                        
   • Priority 1:                                                                                                                
        o Target response time: 24:00,                                                                                          
        o Average response time: 7:35.                                                                                          
   • Priority 2:                                                                                                                
        o Target response time: 36:00,                                                                                          
        o Average response time: 7:49.                                                                                          
   • Priority 3:                                                                                                                
        o Target response time: 48:00,                                                                                          
        o Average response time: 11:04.                                                                                         
   • Priority 4:                                                                                                                
        o Target response time: 96:00,                                                                                          
        o Average response time: 16:08.                                                                                         
He  reiterated  that  the  same  measurements  will  be  compared                                                               
between the regions.  He pointed out that Alaska  maintains a lot                                                               
of roads that DOTs in the Lower 48 would never maintain.                                                                        
1:49:29 PM                                                                                                                    
He addressed  slide 9:  Percent of  Pavement Miles  Rated Overall                                                               
"Fair" or "Better" 2016:                                                                                                        
   • Total roadway miles: 3,922;                                                                                                
   • Road miles that are "fair" or "better": 3,526;                                                                             
   • Actual: 89.9 percent;                                                                                                      
   • Goal: equal to or greater than 90 percent.                                                                                 
He explained  that measurements  are made  on roads  to identify:                                                               
smoothness, rut  depth, and cracking. He  conceded that measuring                                                               
all the  roads on an annual  basis is not possible,  but the goal                                                               
is to measure all roads every five years.                                                                                       
He  addressed  slide  10: Construction  in  Central  Region-Total                                                               
Contractor  Payment  and  referenced   a  bar  graph  with  total                                                               
contractor payments that ranged from  1991 to 2017. He noted that                                                               
contractor payments  will increase in  the Central Region  due to                                                               
large airport projects.                                                                                                         
CHAIR  STEDMAN asked  that the  department provide  the committee                                                               
with  a comparative  chart that  shows total  contractor payments                                                               
for all three regions.                                                                                                          
1:51:05 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR BISHOP opined  that a comparative analysis will  not be a                                                               
"total  apples for  apples comparison"  because the  regions have                                                               
changed over time due to administrations.                                                                                       
MR.  KEMP answered  correct.  He noted  that  the Aleutians  were                                                               
moved to the Southcoast Region.                                                                                                 
SENATOR BISHOP  asked if the  Grant Anticipation  Revenue Vehicle                                                               
(GARVEE) bonds "kicked in" starting in 2004 going forward.                                                                      
MR. KEMP replied that 2004 was before his time at DOT&PF.                                                                       
CHAIR STEDMAN asked that Mr. Kemp  get back to the committee with                                                               
an answer.                                                                                                                      
1:52:04 PM                                                                                                                    
MR. KEMP  addressed slides  11-16: Active  Construction Projects,                                                               
and referenced as follows:                                                                                                      
   • Kenai Peninsula:                                                                                                           
        o Number of projects: 3,                                                                                                
        o Estimated cost: $58 million.                                                                                          
   • Mat-Su:                                                                                                                    
        o Number of projects: 2,                                                                                                
        o Estimated cost: $51 million.                                                                                          
   • Anchorage and vicinity:                                                                                                    
        o Number of projects: 4,                                                                                                
        o Estimated cost: $128 million.                                                                                         
   • Anchorage International Airport:                                                                                           
        o Number of projects: 1,                                                                                                
        o Estimated cost: $3 million.                                                                                           
   • Remote:                                                                                                                    
        o Number of projects: 2                                                                                                 
        o Estimated cost: $13.5 million                                                                                         
   • Total:                                                                                                                     
        o Number of projects: 12,                                                                                               
        o Estimated cost: $253.5 million.                                                                                       
He said the number of projects  and estimated cost is typical for                                                               
the Central  Region. He  said the  projects outside  of Anchorage                                                               
are evenly spread.                                                                                                              
He addressed slide 12:  Glenn/Muldoon Interchange, and referenced                                                               
as follows:                                                                                                                     
   • Replaced old, under-capacity  interchange  with  Diverging                                                                 
    Diamond while keeping old structure in use and in place.                                                                    
   • New structure is  in  use  and  remaining  items  will  be                                                                 
     complete in 2018.                                                                                                          
   • Project cost: $41 million.                                                                                                 
1:53:48 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR  MACKINNON referenced  the Glenn/Muldoon  Interchange and                                                               
noted  that  the  area  had  a  height  issue  for  the  "freight                                                               
corridor" where water accumulated under the overpass.                                                                           
MR. KEMP  replied that he will  get back to the  committee on the                                                               
specific changes to the interchange.                                                                                            
SENATOR  MACKINNON noted  that she  drives regularly  through the                                                               
Glenn/Muldoon   Interchange  project   area  and   commended  the                                                               
contractor, but  referenced two things  that were obvious  from a                                                               
"waste perspective" and explained as follows:                                                                                   
   1. Federal regulations required "hydro seeding" and the action                                                               
     was a waste  of money because application was  done twice in                                                               
     ice conditions twice for the contractor to receive payment.                                                                
   2. Many traffic  cones were  used  for  the project  with  the                                                               
     assumption  that the  state was  paying for  their use.  The                                                               
     large number of cones were not needed.                                                                                     
1:56:26 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR  STEDMAN asked  that Mr.  Kemp respond  to the  committee's                                                               
questions  by  providing  replies  to his  office  for  committee                                                               
member distribution.                                                                                                            
MR. KEMP addressed  slide 13: Seward Highway:  Dimond to Dowling,                                                               
and referenced as follows:                                                                                                      
   • Reconstruct the Seward Highway from  Dimond to  Dowling by                                                                 
     improving  the  corridor  from  four  lanes  to  six  lanes,                                                               
     constructing a new overpass at  76th Avenue to provide a new                                                               
     east-west   connection   with    double   roundabouts,   and                                                               
     constructing  two  box  culverts  for the  north  and  south                                                               
     channels of Campbell Creek.                                                                                                
   • Project includes  upgrading   the  frontage   roads  which                                                                 
     requires continuous work with 60  businesses on Homer and 50                                                               
     on Brayton to mitigate construction impacts.                                                                               
   • Aggressive schedulehalf way  through a  three-year project                                                                 
     in one season.                                                                                                             
   • Project cost is $59.5  million and  will  be completed  in                                                                 
     October 2018.                                                                                                              
MR. KEMP addressed slide 14: O'Malley Road Reconstruction-Phase                                                                 
1, and referenced as follows:                                                                                                   
   • Reconstruct O'Malley Road  form   the  Seward  Highway  to                                                                 
     Livingston Street.                                                                                                         
   • Four-lane divided roadway with continuous illumination and                                                                 
   • Construction is expected to be complete by  QAP mid-August                                                                 
     2018 at a cost of $26.1 million.                                                                                           
He disclosed that the two projects previously noted are                                                                         
Anchorage Metropolitan Area Transportation Solutions (AMATS)                                                                    
1:57:51 PM                                                                                                                    
He addressed slide 15: Parks Highway: Church to Pittman, and                                                                    
referenced as follows:                                                                                                          
   • Extension of four-lane divided highway with  center median                                                                 
     for Parks Highway through Wasilla.                                                                                         
   • Project includes constructing  a second  bridge  over  the                                                                 
     Alaska Railroad (clear span of 225) to allow for future                                                                    
     expansion as well as the installation of continuous                                                                        
   • Project began spring 2017 and will be complete in fall 2018                                                                
     for a cost of $42.5 million.                                                                                               
He addressed slide 16: Sterling Highway MP 58-79, and referenced                                                                
as follows:                                                                                                                     
   • Award-winning, 21 miles of rehabilitated highway.                                                                          
   • Developed in cooperative  partnership  with  U.S.  Fish  &                                                                 
     Wildlife Service.                                                                                                          
   • Six wildlife enhancementsundercrossings,   jump  outs  and                                                                 
     moose fencing.                                                                                                             
   • Three sets of  passing lanes,  wider  shoulders,  improved                                                                 
     drainage features, new pavement.                                                                                           
   • Construction began summer  2017  and  is  expected  to  be                                                                 
     complete fall 2019 for $54 million.                                                                                        
1:59:35 PM                                                                                                                    
He addressed slide 17: AMATS, and referenced as follows:                                                                        
   • Determines needs and priorities.                                                                                           
   • Develops the Transportation Improvement Program (TIP)-4                                                                    
     year and the Metropolitan Transportation Plan (MTP)-20                                                                     
        o Approximately $28 million in TIP every year, increases                                                                
          for inflation.                                                                                                        
   • Federal funding passed through DOT&PF to AMATS; projects                                                                   
     selected by AMATS.                                                                                                         
   • Air quality a factor in Anchorage as a maintenance area for                                                                
     carbon monoxide.                                                                                                           
MR. KEMP explained  that every metropolitan area  over 50000 must                                                               
have a  Metropolitan Planning Organization  (MPO) to  qualify for                                                               
federal highway and  transit assistant funds. He  noted that Mat-                                                               
Su will qualify  for an MPO after the 2020  census and the change                                                               
will provide the area with additional project coordination.                                                                     
2:01:30 PM                                                                                                                    
He addressed slides 18-24: Projects Nearing Construction, and                                                                   
referenced as follows:                                                                                                          
   • Kenai Peninsula:                                                                                                           
        o Number of proposed projects for 2018: 9,                                                                              
        o Estimated cost: $81.5 million.                                                                                        
   • Mat-Su:                                                                                                                    
        o Number of proposed projects for 2018: 5,                                                                              
        o Estimated cost: $89.5 million.                                                                                        
   • Anchorage and vicinity:                                                                                                    
        o Number of proposed projects for 2018: 7,                                                                              
        o Estimated cost: $58 million.                                                                                          
   • South of Anchorage:                                                                                                        
        o Number of proposed projects for 2018: 2,                                                                              
        o Estimated cost: $63 million.                                                                                          
   • Anchorage International Airport:                                                                                           
        o Number of proposed projects for 2018: 3,                                                                              
        o Estimated cost: $82.5 million.                                                                                        
   • Remote:                                                                                                                    
        o Number of proposed projects for 2018: 6,                                                                              
        o Estimated cost: $64.5 million.                                                                                        
   • Total:                                                                                                                     
        o Number of proposed projects for 2018: 32,                                                                             
        o Estimated cost: $439 million.                                                                                         
MR. KEMP noted that DOT&PF  likes to have additional projects "in                                                               
the queue" in case a project  gets slowed down due to permitting,                                                               
right-of-way, etcetera.                                                                                                         
He  addressed  slide 19:  Glenn:  Eklutna  to Parks  Repave,  and                                                               
referenced as follows:                                                                                                          
   • Resurface 7.8 miles of the Glenn Highway from Eklutna to                                                                   
     the Parks Highway interchange.                                                                                             
   • Includes application of sand seal to interchange ramps.                                                                    
   • Project construction will begin spring 2018 and be complete                                                                
     fall 2018 for a cost of $6.6 million. Pruhs Construction                                                                   
     Company LLC will be the contractor.                                                                                        
He noted  that the last  overlay was in  2010 and typical  use on                                                               
high-traffic roads  is 7 years.  He added that  harder aggregate,                                                               
which is  more expensive,  is used  and extends  the life  of the                                                               
road. He  revealed that  roads with  average daily  traffic above                                                               
5,000 on a lane receives the harder aggregate.                                                                                  
2:02:36 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR  MACKINNON pointed  out that  the 7.8-mile  Glenn Highway                                                               
project's  cost was  approximately $1  million a  mile and  noted                                                               
that  the cost  for  the  21-mile Sterling  project  was over  $2                                                               
million a  mile for $54  million. She  asked why the  project was                                                               
more expensive.                                                                                                                 
MR.  KEMP explained  that the  project's higher  cost was  due to                                                               
"undercrossings" and  "moose fallouts" that allow  animals to get                                                               
from  one side  of the  highway to  the other,  and the  road was                                                               
constructed  next  to  a  lake  which required  the  road  to  be                                                               
He  addressed  slide  20,  Parks   Highway:  Passing  Lanes,  and                                                               
referenced as follows:                                                                                                          
   • The following projects will construct a total of 8 passing                                                                 
     lanes while widening 9 miles of shoulders and resurfacing a                                                                
     segment of the roadway; improving safety on the Parks                                                                      
     Highway and extending the service life of these segments:                                                                  
        o MP 83-99 Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP)-                                                                   
          project was  awarded to QAP  with the Parks  Highway MP                                                               
          90-99   Rehabilitation   and    Talkeetna   Spur   Road                                                               
          Pedestrian  Improvements  projects   for  $19  million.                                                               
          Construction  will begin  spring 2018  and be  complete                                                               
          fall 2019.                                                                                                            
        o MP 99-123.5 HSIP - project is in final design and will                                                                
          be  advertised  with  the  Parks  Highway  MP  99-123.5                                                               
          Pavement  Preservation project  for an  estimated $13.4                                                               
          million.  Construction is  anticipated to  begin spring                                                               
          2018 and be complete fall 2019.                                                                                       
MR. KEMP addressed  slide 21, K-Beach MP  16-22.2, and referenced                                                               
as follows:                                                                                                                     
   • Resurface Kalifornsky Beach Road from Bridge Access Road to                                                                
     Sterling Highway.                                                                                                          
   • Improvements will be made to the existing traffic signals                                                                  
     at Bridge Access Road and Poppy Lane and new signals will                                                                  
     be installed at Ciechanski Road and Gas Well Road.                                                                         
   • Construction will begin spring 2018 and be complete fall                                                                   
     2018 for a cost of $10.4 million. Knik Construction Company                                                                
     will be the contractor.                                                                                                    
2:04:57 PM                                                                                                                    
He addressed slide 22, Seward Highway: MP 75-90.                                                                                
   • Rehabilitate the Seward Highway from Girdwood to the base                                                                  
     of Turnagain Pass.                                                                                                         
   • Phase 1: currently advertised for construction, two-year                                                                   
        o Reconstruct 3 bridges, rehabilitate 1 bridge, add 5                                                                   
         miles of passing lanes, realign road, repave.                                                                          
        o Construction estimate between $70 and $80 million.                                                                    
He said the  Seward Highway rehabilitation is one  of the Central                                                               
Region's more  complex projects. He explained  that the challenge                                                               
is to  keep traffic  flowing during  construction. He  noted that                                                               
the Seward  Highway is  the road Anchorage  and Mat-Su  uses when                                                               
going fishing. He disclosed that  phase 2 of the project includes                                                               
5  additional bridges  along the  Portage Curve.  He pointed  out                                                               
that 7 of the 9 bridges being  replaced in the project are in the                                                               
"top 15" of bridges in Alaska  that need to be replaced. He added                                                               
that the  total number  of bridges  that need  to be  replaced in                                                               
Alaska is near 1,000.                                                                                                           
2:06:05 PM                                                                                                                    
He  addressed slide  23,  Anchorage  International Airport  (AIA)                                                               
Runway 15/33 Rehabilitation, and referenced as follows:                                                                         
   • Rehabilitate and widen the Runway 15/33 at Anchorage                                                                       
     International Airport.                                                                                                     
   • Expected to be advertised for construction in February.                                                                    
   • Construction will begin spring 2018 and be completed fall                                                                  
   • Construction estimate between $60 and $70 million:                                                                         
        o FAA and ANC funded, no general funds.                                                                                 
SENATOR BISHOP commented that challenge  in bidding on the Seward                                                               
Highway project is primarily due to traffic restrictions.                                                                       
MR. KEMP  replied that he  met with the representatives  from The                                                               
International Union  of Operating  Engineers Local 302  about the                                                               
traffic  restrictions  on the  Seward  Highway  project. He  said                                                               
Local 302  was much  more comfortable with  the project  after he                                                               
explained all the work that would  not be impacted by the traffic                                                               
restrictions to keep the road open.                                                                                             
SENATOR  WILSON noted  that the  governor removed  the Knik-Goose                                                               
Bay Road  project and pointed out  that project was not  noted in                                                               
the  projects  list.  He  asked  if a  project  update  could  be                                                               
provided to the committee regarding Knik-Goose Bay Road.                                                                        
MR. KEMP answered yes.                                                                                                          
2:07:51 PM                                                                                                                    
He addressed slide  24, Cooper Landing Bypass,  and referenced as                                                               
   • 1950: original highway completed.                                                                                          
   • 1982: Draft EIS MP 37-60 project put on hold.                                                                              
   • 1994: second draft EIS MP 37-60.                                                                                           
   • 2000: MP 45-60 project.                                                                                                    
   • 2000-2006: MP 45-60 project scoping to determine purpose                                                                   
     and need, and alternatives.                                                                                                
   • 2001: MP 37-45 highway upgrade constructed.                                                                                
   • 2006-2014: alternatives study and analysis.                                                                                
   • 2014: draft SEIS Cooperating Agency Review.                                                                                
   • 2015: draft SEIS public and agency review with public                                                                      
   • 2016: Cooperating Agency Review Final EIS (Round 1).                                                                       
   • 2017: Cooperating Agency Review Final EIS (Round 2).                                                                       
   • 2018: Record of Decision (ROD).                                                                                            
   • 2019-2020: design and right-of-way acquisition.                                                                            
   • 2021-2026: construction.                                                                                                   
   • 2026: completion.                                                                                                          
MR.  KEMP  explained that  the  Cooper  Landing Bypass  project's                                                               
environmental work  started in 1976.  He said the purpose  of the                                                               
project is  to reduce highway  construction, meet  current design                                                               
standards, and  improve highway safety  by getting  the highway's                                                               
alignment  off   the  river.  He  revealed   that  the  project's                                                               
estimated cost is $230 million, and  work will be done in phases.                                                               
He said construction will start  on the project's north and south                                                               
ends  first to  speed completion  because  the bridge  is in  the                                                               
middle. He said the hope is for  the ROD to occur in 2018 to move                                                               
forward on the project.                                                                                                         
2:09:17 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR  MACKINNON asked  if  a  new route  was  selected on  the                                                               
Cooper  Landing Bypass  project. She  inquired if  the governor's                                                               
office  changed the  route  corridor  and if  so,  did the  route                                                               
change increase the project's cost.                                                                                             
MR.  KEMP answered  that  the  selection of  the  route was  done                                                               
through the  Federal Highway Administration (FHWA).  He explained                                                               
that  FHWA  brought  in  all  the  different  parties  that  have                                                               
interest in  the project. He said  the project came down  to four                                                               
options  and the  Juneau  Creek Alternative  is  the option  that                                                               
DOT&PF believes is  preferable from an engineering  point of view                                                               
as well in taking the road away from the river.                                                                                 
SENATOR  MACKINNON  replied  that  Mr. Kemp's  response  did  not                                                               
answer her question. She asked  if the governor's office picked a                                                               
new  direction and  advocated for  their selection.  She recalled                                                               
that a route was selected,  and the governor's office changed the                                                               
route. She asked if the selection change increased costs.                                                                       
MR. KEMP  responded that he  is not aware of  Senator MacKinnon's                                                               
SENATOR  MACKINNON   asked  that   the  department   provide  the                                                               
committee  with  a  follow up  response  to  Senator  MacKinnon's                                                               
inquiry regarding the Cooper Landing Bypass project.                                                                            
2:11:02 PM                                                                                                                    
MR.  KEMP   addressed  slide  25:  Where   to  Find  Construction                                                               
Information, and referenced as follows:                                                                                         
   • AlaskaNavigator.org,                                                                                                       
   • 511.Alaska.gov or call 511,                                                                                                
   • Social Media: Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Vimeo.                                                                       
MR. KEMP said the information on DOT&PF's website provides                                                                      
updates on construction and weather. He noted that the programs                                                                 
are paid for by FWHA.                                                                                                           
He addressed slides 26-30: Recently Completed Projects, and                                                                     
referenced as follows:                                                                                                          
   • Kenai Peninsula:                                                                                                           
        o Number of projects: 8,                                                                                                
        o Estimated cost: $40 million.                                                                                          
   • Mat-Su:                                                                                                                    
        o Number of projects: 13,                                                                                               
        o Estimated cost: $87 million.                                                                                          
   • Anchorage and vicinity:                                                                                                    
        o Number of projects: 6,                                                                                                
        o Estimated cost: $89 million.                                                                                          
   • South of Anchorage:                                                                                                        
        o Number of projects: 3,                                                                                                
        o Estimated cost: $14 million.                                                                                          
   • Anchorage International Airport:                                                                                           
        o Number of projects: 5,                                                                                                
        o Estimated cost: $91 million.                                                                                          
   • Remote:                                                                                                                    
        o Number of projects: 3,                                                                                                
        o Estimated cost: $32 million.                                                                                          
   • Total:                                                                                                                     
        o Number of projects: 38,                                                                                               
        o Estimated cost: $353 million.                                                                                         
He addressed slide 27: Glenn Highway Pavement Preservation:                                                                     
Airport Heights to Hiland and Hiland to Eklutna, and referenced                                                                 
as follows:                                                                                                                     
   • Resurface approximately 25 miles of Glenn (Airport Heights                                                                 
     to Eklutna), delineation and median crossovers in two                                                                      
   • Completed fall 2017.                                                                                                       
   • $21 million for both projects.                                                                                             
He addressed slide 28: Glenn Highway Capacity Improvement, and                                                                  
referenced as follows:                                                                                                          
   • Added new lanes onto northbound Glenn Highway and a new                                                                    
     bridge over Eagle River.                                                                                                   
   • Improved the grade and created a frontage road from the old                                                                
   • Completed in 2015.                                                                                                         
2:12:41 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR MACKINNON remarked that  from a community perspective the                                                               
Glenn  Highway Improvement  project  is not  complete. She  noted                                                               
that a  second bridge has been  considered that will cost  in the                                                               
$40-million-plus range.  She asked Mr.  Kemp to address  how much                                                               
the second bridge would cost.                                                                                                   
MR.  KEMP  addressed  slide  29:   West  Dowling  Extension,  and                                                               
referenced as follows:                                                                                                          
   • Constructed a four-lane facility with on-street bike lanes,                                                                
     a separated multi-use path, and improvements on connecting                                                                 
   • Included a new bridge over Arctic Boulevard, new signalized                                                                
     intersections, and an extensive storm-water management                                                                     
     system for Tina Lake.                                                                                                      
   • Completed in 2016.                                                                                                         
   • $42 million.                                                                                                               
   • Provides connectivity to different parts of the city.                                                                      
   • Reduces traffic congestion that goes into neighborhoods and                                                                
     residential areas.                                                                                                         
   • Keeps people from doing shortcuts through neighborhoods.                                                                   
2:13:40 PM                                                                                                                    
He addressed  slide 30:  Innovations-Microsurfacing. He  said the                                                               
Central Region  has a significant  issue with  studded-tire wear.                                                               
He  asserted   that  "microsurfacing"  will  decrease   wear.  He                                                               
explained that  microsurfacing uses smaller aggregate  and an oil                                                               
mix to  allow a thinner  application. He detailed  locations that                                                               
will  receive  microsurfacing  application. He  pointed  out  the                                                               
advantages of microsurfacing as follows:                                                                                        
   • Can be done quickly which cuts down on traffic control.                                                                    
   • Less impact on the traveling public.                                                                                       
   • Lengthens the life of the road until an extensive mill-and-                                                                
     pave must be done.                                                                                                         
He  addressed  slide  31: Innovations-Snow  Plows  on  F250s.  He                                                               
explained  that  adding  plows to  DOT&PF's  pickup  trucks  will                                                               
provide additional  snow removal assets when  major storms occur.                                                               
He revealed that sensors are  being placed on light-duty and plow                                                               
trucks that  send road and  ambient temperatures to  the Northern                                                               
Region  for atmospheric  research that  is done  in Colorado  for                                                               
forecast model development  from the data. He  explained that the                                                               
information  is  used  to decide  when  anti-icing  and  de-icing                                                               
applications are  done. He revealed that  additional sensors will                                                               
be installed in  the Anchorage area by March and  the Mat-Su area                                                               
by the spring of 2019.                                                                                                          
SENATOR  WILSON addressed  work schedule  limitations for  DOT&PF                                                               
employees to  remove snow during  major snow events. He  asked if                                                               
DOT&PF  can work  with  more private  partnerships  to make  sure                                                               
roads are safer during major snow events.                                                                                       
2:17:30 PM                                                                                                                    
MR. KEMP replied that DOT&PF will  get back to the committee with                                                               
a response.                                                                                                                     
SENATOR  EGAN asked  about the  use of  road sensors  for weather                                                               
conditions  monitoring.  He  inquired who  releases  a  statement                                                               
regarding  road  conditions,  DOT&PF   or  the  National  Weather                                                               
MR.  KEMP  explained  that weather  information  is  shared,  but                                                               
DOT&PF does not put out weather statements or weather forecasts.                                                                
He addressed slides 32-33: Innovations-Snow  Lion Ice Breaker. He                                                               
explained that  the road  ice breaker is  being tested.  He noted                                                               
that the equipment  can break up to  1.25 inches of ice  on an 8-                                                               
foot wide swath at 15 mph.  He opined that DOT&PF is dealing with                                                               
more  freeze-thaw conditions  which is  more challenging  to deal                                                               
with.  He noted  that  the price  range for  the  ice breaker  is                                                               
$300,000. He  added that  an ice  breaker would  not be  used for                                                               
highways, but on intersections and on-off ramps.                                                                                
2:21:31 PM                                                                                                                    
He addressed slide 34: Innovations-High Friction Surface.                                                                       
   • High friction Surface Treatment is a thin layer of very                                                                    
     hard, very rough aggregate that is adhered to the road with                                                                
     an epoxy.                                                                                                                  
   • Think sand paper, it is tougher to lose your grip on a                                                                     
     rough surface.                                                                                                             
   • Over 28 sites treated in the Central Region. The department                                                                
     expects a 20 to 30-percent reduction in all crashes and a                                                                  
     50-percent reduction of weather-related crashes.                                                                           
SENATOR  EGAN  asked what  the  wear  rate  is for  the  friction                                                               
treated roads.                                                                                                                  
MR. KEMP replied that the  friction treatment was applied for the                                                               
first time and the wear rate has not been determined.                                                                           
He   addressed  slide   35:   Innovations-Lighting  Curfew,   and                                                               
referenced as follows:                                                                                                          
   • Pilot Project launched July 2017 to conserve electrical                                                                    
   • 0.6 miles of road-Minnesota between International and Old                                                                  
   • Midnight to 5 a.m. curfew enacted when 5 percent of the                                                                    
     traffic uses the road.                                                                                                     
   • Initial results show annual savings of $18,000 annually.                                                                   
   • M&O is considering other locations.                                                                                        
2:23:12 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR STEDMAN  asked what style  of light  was turned off  in the                                                               
curfew project.                                                                                                                 
MR. KEMP  believed that the  bulbs are not light  emitting diodes                                                               
SENATOR EGAN  shared that  Juneau worked with  DOT&PF to  use LED                                                               
bulbs on  Egan Highway, but  FHWD turned DOT&PF down  because the                                                               
LED bulbs were  not approved. He said using LED  bulbs would have                                                               
saved a lot of money.                                                                                                           
CHAIR STEDMAN  asked that  the department  address the  status of                                                               
LED bulbs with committee members at a future date.                                                                              
MR. KEMP noted  that LED light technology has  improved in recent                                                               
He  addressed  slide  36:  Innovations-Transportation  Fairs.  He                                                               
explained  that the  fairs occur  in Anchorage  and Mat-Su  where                                                               
citizens, elected officials, consultants,  and contractors get an                                                               
opportunity   for  one-on-one   communication  on   planning  and                                                               
SENATOR  WILSON  noted  his   appreciation  for  the  Innovation-                                                               
Transportation   Fairs   in   Mat-Su.  He   remarked   that   his                                                               
constituents  have told  him  that DOT&PF  has  not responded  to                                                               
questions posed at  the fairs. He asked if  DOT&PF would consider                                                               
publicly responding to the questions posed at the fairs.                                                                        
2:26:19 PM                                                                                                                    
MR.  KEMP  believed  that  DOT&PF keeps  track  of  comments  and                                                               
responses, but he will provide additional information.                                                                          
He addressed  slide 37: Innovations-Use  of Drones.  He explained                                                               
that  drone  usage  is  proposed   for  use  in  emergencies  and                                                               
disasters. He  disclosed that drones  will be located at  each of                                                               
the Central Region's maintenance stations.                                                                                      
He addressed  slide 38: Innovation-SWAT  Team and  referenced the                                                               
intent of the team as follows:                                                                                                  
   • Develop emails for region-wide distribution and posters for                                                                
     stations not normally using email.                                                                                         
   • Develop an Innovative Idea Tracking System.                                                                                
   • Solicit ideas from ADOT staff.                                                                                             
   • Develop an incentive program to encourage input.                                                                           
   • Develop methods to identify effective ideas and prioritize.                                                                
   • Develop reporting process to disseminate information.                                                                      
2:29:10 PM                                                                                                                    
He addressed slide  39: Average Daily Traffic,  and referenced as                                                               
   • Glenn Highway-Airport Heights to Eklutna: 65,000 vehicles a                                                                
     day (AADT).                                                                                                                
   • Seward Highway-Dimond-Dowling: 56,000 vehicles a day                                                                       
   •  Minnesota-International to Raspberry: 49,000 vehicles a                                                                   
     day (AADT).                                                                                                                
He  emphasized that  the previously  noted high-traffic  roads do                                                               
not have  alternative routes.  He admitted that  there are  not a                                                               
lot of traffic options when DOT&PF  is plowing the roads. He said                                                               
continued  growth in  Mat-Su will  present future  challenges for                                                               
He  addressed  slide 40:  Central  Region  Safety Corridors,  and                                                               
referenced the four corridors as follows:                                                                                       
   • Established on highest risk corridors to reduce fatal and                                                                  
     serious injury crashes:                                                                                                    
        1. Seward Highway MP 87-117, Anchorage to south of                                                                      
          Girdwood (30 miles). Established May 2006.                                                                            
        2. Parks Highway MP 44-52, Wasilla to Big Lake (8 miles).                                                               
          Established in 2006.                                                                                                  
        3. Sterling Highway, Moose river to Kenai Spur Highway                                                                  
          (10 miles). Established July 2009.                                                                                    
        4. Knik-Goose Bay Road, Parks Highway to Point MacKenzie                                                                
          Road (17 miles). Established July 2009.                                                                               
   • Four things that can affect fatalities and serious injuries                                                                
     on highways:                                                                                                               
        1. Engineering,                                                                                                         
        2. Education,                                                                                                           
        3. Enforcement,                                                                                                         
        4. Emergency response.                                                                                                  
2:31:00 PM                                                                                                                    
MR.  KEMP  addressed slide  41:  Safety  Corridors 1991-2017.  He                                                               
graphically  addressed  serious  crashes categorized  as:  fatal,                                                               
serious injury,  and fatal  and serious  injuries. He  noted that                                                               
fatal  injuries  remain  level,  a  challenging  circumstance  to                                                               
change.  He pointed  out that  the state's  population has  grown                                                               
significantly,  but the  fatality level  has remained  steady. He                                                               
addressed the  significant decrease  in "serious" and  "fatal and                                                               
serious" events  when the previously noted  safety corridors were                                                               
SENATOR  EGAN asked  if the  fault is  on the  driver and  not on                                                               
MR.  KEMP  answered  correct.  He remarked  that  there  is  more                                                               
distracted and impaired driving.                                                                                                
SENATOR  EGAN  asked  if  the   region  has  a  good  source  for                                                               
MR.  KEMP answered  that the  region  has good  sources for  hard                                                               
aggregate. He  noted that  the region  does import  aggregate for                                                               
Washington state.                                                                                                               
He  addressed  slide  42: Central  Region  Safety  Corridors.  He                                                               
pointed out that the department's  Scott Thomas recently received                                                               
the  National  Roadway Safety  Award  for  FHWA and  the  Roadway                                                               
Safety Foundation.  He detailed  that Mr.  Thomas is  an engineer                                                               
whose  work  on  the  safety  corridors  led  to  the  46-percent                                                               
reduction in  fatalities where an  estimated 82 lives  were saved                                                               
over the past decade.                                                                                                           
2:34:31 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR WILSON asked  if there may come a time  when the state no                                                               
longer needs safety corridors.                                                                                                  
MR. KEMP replied  that there is not a timeframe,  but the goal is                                                               
to no longer have safety  corridors. He added that Senator Wilson                                                               
may  have also  referenced HSIP  projects were  specific upgrades                                                               
were made to  improve safety. He explained  that safety corridors                                                               
apply  to  entire  sections  of   road  where  there  are  safety                                                               
problems. He  added that  he will  get back  to the  committee on                                                               
when DOT&PF will take roads off safety corridor status.                                                                         
2:37:20 PM                                                                                                                    
There being  no further  business to  come before  the committee,                                                               
Chair  Stedman  adjourned   the  Senate  Transportation  Standing                                                               
Committee meeting at 2:37 p.m.                                                                                                  

Document Name Date/Time Subjects
Sen Trans Comm CR Construction Briefing 2.15.18.pdf STRA 2/15/2018 1:30:00 PM