Legislature(2019 - 2020)BUTROVICH 205

01/31/2019 01:30 PM TRANSPORTATION

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01:34:29 PM Start
01:35:07 PM Glenn Highway Integrated Corridor Management Report
02:32:23 PM Adjourn
* first hearing in first committee of referral
+ teleconferenced
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+ Presentation & Overview: TELECONFERENCED
Glenn Highway Integrated Corridor Management
Study by Deputy Commissioner Mary Siroky
Department of Transportation & Public Facilities
& Project Manager Edith McKee
                    ALASKA STATE LEGISLATURE                                                                                  
            SENATE TRANSPORTATION STANDING COMMITTEE                                                                          
                        January 31, 2019                                                                                        
                           1:34 p.m.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
MEMBERS PRESENT                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
Senator Shelley Hughes, Chair                                                                                                   
Senator Mike Shower, Vice Chair                                                                                                 
Senator David Wilson                                                                                                            
Senator Peter Micciche                                                                                                          
Senator Jesse Kiehl                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
MEMBERS ABSENT                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
All members present                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
COMMITTEE CALENDAR                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
PRESENTATION(S): GLENN HIGHWAY INTEGRATED CORRIDOR MANAGEMENT                                                                   
REPORT                                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
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PREVIOUS COMMITTEE ACTION                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
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WITNESS REGISTER                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
MARY SIROKY, Deputy Commissioner                                                                                                
Department of Transportation and Public Facilities                                                                              
Juneau, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION STATEMENT: Participated in the presentation on the                                                                   
Glenn Highway Integrated Corridor Management Report.                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
EDITH MCKEE, Project Manager                                                                                                    
Department of Transportation and Public Facilities                                                                              
Anchorage, Alaska                                                                                                               
POSITION   STATEMENT:   As   project   manager,   delivered   the                                                             
presentation on the Glenn Highway Integrated Corridor Management                                                                
Report.                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
ACTION NARRATIVE                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
1:34:29 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR SHELLEY  HUGHES called  the Senate  Transportation Standing                                                             
Committee meeting  to order at 1:34  p.m. Present at the  call to                                                               
order  were Senators  Kiehl, Shower,  Wilson,  and Chair  Hughes.                                                               
Senator Micciche arrived soon thereafter.                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
^Glenn Highway Integrated Corridor Management Report                                                                            
      Glenn Highway Integrated Corridor Management Report                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
1:35:07 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR HUGHES  announced the committee  would hear  a presentation                                                               
on  the Glenn  Highway Integrated  Corridor Management  Report by                                                               
the Department  of Transportation and Public  Facilities (DOTPF).                                                               
She noted  that intent language  in the capital budget  last year                                                               
directed DOTPF  to develop  a temporary  traffic control  plan as                                                               
well  as  emergency  traffic control  guidelines  for  the  Glenn                                                               
Highway, specifically  from Mile Post  zero to Mile Post  35. She                                                               
welcomed the presenters.                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
1:35:49 PM                                                                                                                    
MARY  SIROKY, Deputy  Commissioner, Department  of Transportation                                                               
and  Public  Facilities,  introduced Edith  McKee,  the  licensed                                                               
engineer who did the traffic  design and was the project manager.                                                               
She highlighted that Ms. McKee  interned with the department when                                                               
she was  a student  at the University  of Alaska  Anchorage (UAA)                                                               
and was offered a fulltime job after graduation.                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
1:36:54 PM                                                                                                                    
EDITH MCKEE,  Project Manager,  Department of  Transportation and                                                               
Public  Facilities,   explained  that  the   Integrated  Corridor                                                               
Management  (ICM)  Study was  broken  into  two phases.  Phase  I                                                               
identified infrastructure needs for  the Glenn Highway within the                                                               
boundaries of the Municipality of  Anchorage. Phase II, which was                                                               
requested  by the  legislature, developed  the incident  plan and                                                               
traffic control guidelines.                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
She  explained  that  the  study  was  funded  by  the  Anchorage                                                               
Metropolitan  Area  Transportation   Solutions  (AMATS),  so  the                                                               
boundaries run  from the  intersection of  the Glenn  Highway and                                                               
Airport Heights to the Knik River Bridge.                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR WILSON asked why the  study didn't extend beyond the Knik                                                               
River Bridge.                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
MS. MCKEE replied  the project was funded by AMATS,  so the scope                                                               
was limited to the Municipality of Anchorage.                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR HUGHES asked  if there was any attempt to  partner with the                                                               
Mat-Su to  fund the  study up  to the juncture  of the  Parks and                                                               
Glenn highways.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
MS. MCKEE replied the department  got input from the Mat-Su about                                                               
their needs  along the Glenn  Highway, but could not  address the                                                               
last six miles because of the funding source.                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
1:41:16 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR MICCICHE joined the committee.                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR HUGHES related  that when she was a  freshman legislator in                                                               
2013, an  eight hour  shooting incident  along the  Glenn Highway                                                               
caused  her   to  call  together  DOTPF,   the  Anchorage  Police                                                               
Department  (APD),   and  the  first  responders   from  Chugiak,                                                               
Wasilla,  and   Palmer  for  a   debriefing.  That   started  the                                                               
discussion about developing a plan  to quickly get traffic moving                                                               
again  after  any  incident   along  that  route.  Unfortunately,                                                               
nothing  was not  put  in writing  to require  a  report and  the                                                               
request for a  plan was not put in the  capital budget. In FY2015                                                               
she worked to get about $800  thousand into the budget for a one-                                                               
year pilot project  but nothing happened. However,  after a truck                                                               
hit  the  bridge in  Eagle  River  in  March  2018, it  was  very                                                               
apparent that  DOTPF needed to develop  a plan and present  it to                                                               
the legislature. "That's what got us to this point," she said.                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
1:43:13 PM                                                                                                                    
MS.  MCKEE  explained  that  Phase  I  was  to  analyze  existing                                                               
conditions and propose infrastructure,  a communication plan, and                                                               
policy strategies. The purpose of the ICM Study was to:                                                                         
   • Identify methods to improve the movement of people and                                                                     
     goods along the Glenn Highway;                                                                                             
   • Discuss how existing facilities and agency coordination can                                                                
     be used during incident management; and                                                                                    
   • Discuss future infrastructure, technology, and agency needs                                                                
                                                                                                                                
She  advised  that the  department  created  a MetroQuest  online                                                               
survey for the general public  that helped identify the following                                                               
existing conditions:                                                                                                            
   • The Glenn Highway has sections where there are no parallel                                                                 
     routes;                                                                                                                    
   • There are segments with alternative routes, but they do not                                                                
     have the capacity of the Glenn Highway;                                                                                    
   • There are limited locations to turn traffic around;                                                                        
   • There are limited ways to inform the traveling public when                                                                 
     an incident has occurred;                                                                                                  
   • The high cost of crashes and delays                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
She noted  that the chart on  slide 6 shows that  the majority of                                                               
people get  information about  an incident  on the  Glenn Highway                                                               
through Facebook and the radio.                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
MS. MCKEE continued to list the Phase I: Existing Conditions:                                                                   
   • More than 35,000 vehicles travel the Glenn Hwy between                                                                     
     Anchorage and the Knik River Bridges every day;                                                                            
   • Seventy-five percent of the travel is related to work. The                                                                 
     remaining is related to commercial transport, recreation,                                                                  
     and more; and                                                                                                              
   • The Glenn Highway is part of the Strategic Highway Network                                                                 
    and is considered critical to U.S. strategic operations.                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
1:45:19 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR WILSON asked if 35,000  vehicles per day reflects one-way                                                               
travel or round trips.                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
MS. MCKEE said she would follow up with the answer.                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR MICCICHE  asked if DOTPF  was doing forward  planning for                                                               
contingency routes  that could accommodate  levels of  traffic in                                                               
the future.                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
MS. SIROKY  replied the  department is  actively working  on this                                                               
issue and has identified KGB Road  as its number one project this                                                               
year.  She added  that  once the  Mat-Su  becomes a  metropolitan                                                               
transportation organization,  it will  have access  to additional                                                               
money that doesn't come directly through DOTPF.                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
1:47:47 PM                                                                                                                    
MS. MCKEE  turned to slide  8 that  reflects the crash  data that                                                               
DOTPF  collected for  the approximately  30-mile corridor  of the                                                               
Glenn  Highway.  Between  2005  and 2014,  there  were  18  fatal                                                               
crashes spread  throughout the  study area.  About 40  percent of                                                               
those were  related to cars  running off the road.  Weather seems                                                               
to  be  a significant  factor,  with  more crashes  occurring  in                                                               
months with more rain or snow.                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
She said part  of Phase I identified the cost  of the crashes and                                                               
the  delays  that  occurred  when movement  on  the  highway  was                                                               
impeded. Over  the course of the  study, the cost of  crashes was                                                               
$421.5 million, and the cost of  delay was $1.7 million per year.                                                               
The total cost of delays and crashes was $44 million per year.                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
1:49:08 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR  SHOWER asked  if  the  data was  collected  to show  the                                                               
differences between winter and summer.                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
MS. MCKEE said  she would need to review the  data. Responding to                                                               
a question from  the chair, she clarified that  there were 18,000                                                               
fatalities from 2005 to 2014.                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR HUGHES questioned  the $1.7 million annual  cost of delays.                                                               
She said  it seems  insufficient considering  that people  can be                                                               
sitting in their cars for up to 8 hours.                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
MS. SIROKY clarified that the  number represents the average over                                                               
those nine years.                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR HUGHES asked  if she knows the dollar amount  of a one hour                                                               
delay during commute time.                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
MS. MCKEE said she would follow up with the information.                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR  SHOWER asked  her  to also  provide  information on  the                                                               
source of the data and how it was collected.                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
1:51:32 PM                                                                                                                    
MS.  MCKEE continued  the presentation.  She  explained that  the                                                               
MetroQuest online survey was extended  to April 2, 2018 after the                                                               
bridge strike on  March 21, 2018. DOTPF  received 1,500 responses                                                               
before  the  incident  and an  additional  3,000  responses  were                                                               
received after  the bridge strike.  She noted that slide  9 shows                                                               
the number  of responses  from the  different areas  of Anchorage                                                               
and  Mat-Su. Additional  public  outreach was  done through  open                                                               
houses,    community    council   meetings,    AMATS    meetings,                                                               
Anchorage/Mat-Su   transportation   fairs,  and   a   stakeholder                                                               
meeting.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR  HUGHES estimated  that half  to two-thirds  of the  35,000                                                               
vehicles that travel that corridor  are from Mat-Su and asked how                                                               
many meetings were held in Mat-Su.                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
MS. MCKEE replied  she would follow up with  the information. She                                                               
noted that it is in the  Public Involvement Summary Report on the                                                               
website.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR HUGHES asked  if she agrees that half to  two-thirds of the                                                               
35,000 vehicles that travel that corridor come from Mat-Su.                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
MS. MCKEE  confirmed that  a significant  portion comes  from the                                                               
Mat-Su.                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
MS. MCKEE  turned to  slide 10 that  lists the  following primary                                                               
goals or objectives of Phase I:                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
Objective A was  to improve safety by reducing  the occurrence of                                                               
vehicle crashes,  reducing the  occurrence of  secondary crashes,                                                               
and  reducing  vulnerability  and increasing  resiliency  of  the                                                               
transportation   infrastructure   from    natural   hazards   and                                                               
disasters.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
Objective B was to improve  mobility by reducing travel times and                                                               
delays, improving  travel time  reliability, reducing  delays due                                                               
to work-zones and planned special  events, promoting transit use,                                                               
and     promoting     environmentally    friendly,     affordable                                                               
transportation solutions.                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
Objective C was  to improve incident and  emergency management by                                                               
reducing  incident   response  and  clearance   times,  improving                                                               
communication and  coordination among agencies  and stakeholders,                                                               
and enhancing coordination of regional emergency management.                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Objective  D  was to  improve  information  sharing by  expanding                                                               
collection of real-time traffic  and weather data, improving day-                                                               
to-day  information exchange  with regional  operations partners,                                                               
providing   proactive,  timely,   and  accurate   information  to                                                               
travelers, and making traveler information widely available.                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MS. MCKEE stated that the results  of the Phase I report proposed                                                               
four new frontage roads, five  interchange upgrades and adaptable                                                               
shoulder   lanes  as   part  of   the  roadway   strategies.  The                                                               
institutional strategies included the  development of an incident                                                               
management plan,  a service patrol  program, and  improvements to                                                               
the  Virtual  Traffic  Management  Center.  There  were  also  11                                                               
technology  based  options  to  improve  traffic  flow,  traveler                                                               
information, and communication between agencies.                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR HUGHES asked when Phase I was completed.                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
MS.  MCKEE replied  Phase  I  will be  completed  by  the end  of                                                               
February. It was delayed to  accommodate the Phase II deadline on                                                               
January 30, 2019.                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR HUGHES asked  if any of interchange  upgrades were complete                                                               
or if they were all still in planning stages.                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
MS. MCKEE  clarified that the  interchange upgrades  are proposed                                                               
projects and  she didn't believe  any had been nominated  to move                                                               
to the planning stage.                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
1:55:54 PM                                                                                                                    
MS. MCKEE  informed the  committee that  funding help  from AMATS                                                               
made it  possible to meet  the Phase II deadline.  The department                                                               
contracted  with Kinney  Engineering to  develop traffic  control                                                               
measures  for the  incident  command management  team  to use  as                                                               
needed on  the Glenn  Highway. The  traffic control  plans (TCPS)                                                               
were  to  include  information needed  to  redirect  traffic  and                                                               
inform the public during non-recurring events.                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
MS. MCKEE  highlighted the  extensive stakeholder  involvement in                                                               
the  development  of the  TCPs  that  included: Anchorage  Police                                                               
Department,  Municipality  of  Anchorage,  Emergency  Responders,                                                               
Transit      People   Mover  and   Valley  Transit,   Joint  Base                                                               
Elmendorf/Richardson,   Alaska   Railroad,  Native   Village   of                                                               
Eklutna,    Trucking/Freight,     Anchorage    School    District                                                               
Transportation  Department,  Chugiak/Birchwood/Eagle River  Rural                                                               
Road  Service  Area  (CBERRRSA), Community  Council,  and  Public                                                               
Outreach.                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR  HUGHES acknowledged  that AMATS  paid for  the study.  She                                                               
also stressed  that the  bulk of the  vehicle traffic  comes from                                                               
Mat-Su  and  requested  that  any   future  update  include  more                                                               
stakeholder involvement from Mat-Su residents.                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
MS.  MCKEE   continued  the  discussion  about   the  stakeholder                                                               
involvement saying that 27 stakeholder  surveys were sent out and                                                               
20   were  returned.   The   public   outreach  included   online                                                               
participation, open  houses, transportation fairs, and  a project                                                               
webpage. She noted that following  the earthquake, the department                                                               
reinitiated contact with some of  the stakeholders to incorporate                                                               
lessons learned.                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
MS.  MCKEE  described  the  three   Phase  II  objectives.  These                                                               
included:                                                                                                                       
   • An Equipment Staging Plan so that all involved parties know                                                                
     where the equipment is stored and how to get it to the                                                                     
     location of the closure.                                                                                                   
   • A Communication Plan that lists the agencies that need to                                                                  
     be contacted, how the contact will be made, and how to                                                                     
     reach the public with messages regarding the effects of the                                                                
     closure on  travel so  the public  can make  informed travel                                                               
     decisions.  She  noted that  after  the  bridge strike,  the                                                               
     department  incorporated the  lessons learned  that affected                                                               
     how DOTPF notified the public after the earthquake.                                                                        
   • A Traffic Control Plan that describes proposed detour                                                                      
     routes and equipment needed to implement them. The plan                                                                    
     also considers short term and long term detour needs.                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
She explained that the Phase  II traffic control plans identified                                                               
short term closures as less than  12 hours and long term closures                                                               
as more than 12 hours. It  looked at a northbound (NB) closure, a                                                               
southbound (SB)  closure, and a  simultaneous NB and  SB closure.                                                               
The   roadway  was   broken  into   freeway  segments   and  each                                                               
interchange and bridge  was identified so that  incidents at each                                                               
segment, interchange, or bridge can be considered.                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
1:59:56 PM                                                                                                                    
MS. MCKEE displayed slide 16  that depicts a proposed closure and                                                               
alternative routes,  should a bridge  strike occur on  the Bragaw                                                               
Interchange.  This example  illustrates southbound  traffic being                                                               
rerouted onto adjacent streets.                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR SHOWER  questioned why the plan  didn't direct southbound                                                               
traffic  to  turn  180  degrees and  immediately  return  to  the                                                               
highway as opposed to using the side streets.                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
MS.  MCKEE  replied  that  scenario  would  require  vehicles  to                                                               
negotiate a very sharp U-turn to  access the onramp and to travel                                                               
underneath the bridge.                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR SHOWER  observed that  it would depend  on which  side of                                                               
the bridge  the strike occurred.  He cited the  nightmare traffic                                                               
snarl that occurred in Eagle River last year.                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
MS.  MCKEE explained  that the  plan  initiates an  instantaneous                                                               
rerouting that  assumes that traffic  cannot be routed  under the                                                               
bridge structure.                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR HUGHES asked if the plan  includes estimates of the time it                                                               
would take to  get all the detour signs up  so drivers would have                                                               
an idea of how long they could expect to wait on the highway.                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
MS. MCKEE replied the report  analyzed the ability of the detours                                                               
to meet  capacity, but she would  need to look through  the plans                                                               
to  see  if  it  addressed  the times  to  set  up  each  traffic                                                               
rerouting.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR  HUGHES  requested  that  each  of  the  plans  include  an                                                               
estimated timeline.                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
2:04:55 PM                                                                                                                    
MS.  SIROKY added  that part  of  the plan  includes staging  the                                                               
detour signs  in locations  where they  can be  easily accessible                                                               
for DOTPF  to set  them up quickly  through the  Anchorage Police                                                               
Department (APD).                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR HUGHES  noted that portable  electric signs were  a capital                                                               
budget item in  2015. The idea was that troopers  could carry one                                                               
in their  vehicles so  the public could  be warned  quickly about                                                               
closures. She asked if that is part of these plans.                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
MS.  MCKEE  answered yes;  the  graphic  shows temporary  traffic                                                               
control signs A, B, C, and  D that indicate locations of portable                                                               
message boards. The plans indicate  what the message needs to say                                                               
to inform the traveling public.                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR HUGHES  observed that  a simple  notice could  have avoided                                                               
some of the commute congestion following the 2013 incident.                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR  KIEHL  asked if  the  implementation  plans ensure  that                                                               
everyone knows where the signs  are stored and the cross training                                                               
that will occur for DOTPF and APD to set the signs up.                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
MS. MCKEE said yes; implementation  plans are being developed and                                                               
are part of the report.                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
MS. MCKEE displayed slide 18  depicting the Eagle River artillery                                                               
interchange closure. She said this  plan reroutes traffic onto an                                                               
existing  off  ramp  and requires  construction  of  a  temporary                                                               
northbound ramp to bypass the interchange.                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR  HUGHES opined  that knowing  how long  that would  take is                                                               
important information  for the public.  She noted that  the slide                                                               
indicates that DOTPF would try  to stockpile heavy-duty materials                                                               
that  could be  used  any  time of  year  to construct  temporary                                                               
roads. She  asked if there might  be a delay in  getting material                                                               
or if  the department has  a certain  volume of material  that is                                                               
ready to use over a certain number of miles in that corridor.                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
MS.  MCKEE  replied the  department  is  still coordinating  that                                                               
need,   which  was   identified  in   the  earthquake   response.                                                               
Fortunately, Eklutna  (a Native village within  the boundaries of                                                               
the MOA)  was able to get  materials to DOTPF for  immediate road                                                               
repair.  She noted  that  the earthquake  response  made it  very                                                               
clear  that DOTPF  needed  to be  prepared  to identify  material                                                               
sources, especially if the ground is frozen.                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
2:09:21 PM                                                                                                                    
MS.  MCKEE   displayed  slide  19   that  depicts   the  Highland                                                               
interchange closure. It shows the  use of existing infrastructure                                                               
to divert traffic onto the ramps.                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
The example on slide 20  illustrates a northbound segment closure                                                               
that provides two alternatives, both  of which show where message                                                               
boards  would be  placed.  Traffic would  either  be rerouted  to                                                               
parallel  routes  or  crossovers  would   be  used  to  turn  the                                                               
southbound  lane into  a  four-lane,  two-direction roadway.  The                                                               
example on  slide 21 also  shows parallel  routes and the  use of                                                               
crossovers for  a southbound segment.  Traffic would  be diverted                                                               
onto  the  northbound  lanes  using   either  parallel  roads  or                                                               
crossovers. The  next example shows  a northbound  and southbound                                                               
segment  closure  that  utilizes  parallel  routes  when  traffic                                                               
cannot  be  diverted onto  either  the  northbound or  southbound                                                               
lanes.                                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
Slides  23  and  24  illustrate a  northbound  and  a  southbound                                                               
segment closure without parallel  routes. Crossovers are utilized                                                               
to convert the four lanes on  the opposite side of the highway to                                                               
two lanes in each direction.                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
In the  instance of a  northbound and southbound  segment closure                                                               
without parallel  routes, the road  would be closed.  The graphic                                                               
on slide 26  illustrates a shutdown on the Glenn  Highway for the                                                               
Muldoon Road to  Arctic Valley Road segment. She  said that Phase                                                               
I,  strategy 2  identifies the  need in  this segment  to connect                                                               
Muldoon, Boundary, Signal,  and the Eagle River loop  with a two-                                                               
lane, two-way gated frontage road  This would add about 2.5 miles                                                               
to  an  existing  road  and  require a  Ship  Creek  bridge.  The                                                               
estimated cost is  $30-35 million. This is military  ground so it                                                               
could be  secured and only  open when there  is a need  to either                                                               
bypass the Glenn Highway or  for faster emergency vehicle access.                                                               
This  addresses the  B  and C  goals  in Phase  I  which were  to                                                               
improve both mobility and incident and emergency management.                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MS.  MCKEE concluded  the  presentation with  a  slide showing  a                                                               
topographical view of the study area.                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
2:13:01 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR HUGHES asked  if each of the strategies listed  on slide 11                                                               
would need funding to develop.                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
MS.  MCKEE  explained that  the  Phase  I Report  identified  the                                                               
proposed  strategies  and the  estimated  cost  to develop  them.                                                               
However,  to her  knowledge,  none of  the  strategies have  been                                                               
nominated as projects.                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR HUGHES  asked if she  could talk about the  estimated costs                                                               
for the  new frontage roads,  the five interchange  upgrades, the                                                               
adaptable shoulder lanes, etcetera.                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
2:14:06 PM                                                                                                                    
MS. MCKEE  referenced a chart on  [page 171] of the  report found                                                               
at   http://dot.alaska.gov/creg/glennhighwayicmstudy/docs/012519-                                                               
Emergency-Traffic-Control-Guidelines.pdf.  The  cost details  are                                                               
broken down and the strategies that were met are listed.                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
2:15:00 PM                                                                                                                    
At ease from 2:15 pm to 2:16 pm.                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
2:16:26 PM                                                                                                                    
MS.  MCKEE reported  that it  would  cost about  $125 million  to                                                               
construct the four  frontage roads, about $225 million  to do the                                                               
five  interchange upgrades,  and  about $170  million  to do  the                                                               
adaptable shoulder  lanes. Responding  to an  additional question                                                               
from  the  chair,  she  clarified that  the  summary  sheet  also                                                               
included  the Institutional  Strategies and  11 Technology  based                                                               
options.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR KIEHL asked  for the definition of  an adaptable shoulder                                                               
lane and  an explanation of  the technology based  strategies for                                                               
moving a vehicle.                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
MS.  MCKEE   explained  that  an   adaptable  shoulder   lane  is                                                               
essentially  an  additional  lane  in each  direction  along  the                                                               
entire corridor  on which traffic  could be diverted if  there is                                                               
an  incident.  This  extensive infrastructure  includes  widening                                                               
bridges.  The  idea is  to  provide  rapid access  for  emergency                                                               
vehicles to respond to an incident.  The lanes would only be used                                                               
if a bypass was required.                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR HUGHES described it as a super wide shoulder.                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR KIEHL added  it's a lane that is otherwise  not used as a                                                               
lane. He restated the second question.                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
MS. MCKEE  explained that the  technology based  options include:                                                               
incident management  training, a  Glenn Highway  device expansion                                                               
cameras,  speed  sensors,  Glenn  Highway  variable  speed  limit                                                               
signs, show  removal equipment,  tracking systems,  Glenn Highway                                                               
environmental sensor expansion, 511  integration, a Glenn Highway                                                               
over height  vehicle detection system, a  Glenn Highway connected                                                               
vehicle  pilot  project,   advanced  traffic  management  system,                                                               
traffic  incident  detection   logarithm  for  cameras,  portable                                                               
changeable message  boards for patrol cars  and towable trailers,                                                               
Glenn Highway  permanent changeable message sign  (CMS) expansion                                                               
relocation,  an  incident  management   plan,  a  service  patrol                                                               
program, a  virtual traffic  management center  improvements, and                                                               
emergency parking regulations.                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
2:19:48 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR  KIEHL  observed  that  most of  the  options  relate  to                                                               
preventing  congestion.  He  asked  if the  scope  of  the  study                                                               
involved any  work on the  cost benefit of  preventative measures                                                               
versus the cost  of extra lanes and frontage roads  that would be                                                               
needed when an incident occurs.                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
MS. MCKEE  replied the report  indicates that an average  cost of                                                               
crashes and  delays per year  is about  $44 million. Phase  I was                                                               
intended to  capture the cost  in incidents on the  Glenn Highway                                                               
and  propose potential  strategies to  mitigate those  or prevent                                                               
them or how to respond after they occur.                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR HUGHES noted that the  list of technology based options did                                                               
not  include an  app  for drivers  to check  on  what they  could                                                               
expect on  that corridor. She  asked if there was  any discussion                                                               
about integrating with an app.                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
MS. MCKEE said not to her knowledge.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR  HUGHES  asked  for  an explanation  of  a  service  patrol                                                               
program.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
MS.  MCKEE  replied  it  refers   to  trained  personnel  to  use                                                               
specifically equipped  vehicles to aid motorists,  remove debris,                                                               
and  assist   emergency  services.  The  intention   is  to  help                                                               
eliminate  secondary crashes  and delays  that occur  when people                                                               
are distracted by something they see on the side of the road.                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
2:22:36 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR SHOWER mentioned the Nixle app that is run by APD.                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR  HUGHES directed  attention to  table 5,  the Communication                                                               
Action Plan, on page  15 of the report. It says  that the plan is                                                               
to use just Nixle if the closure  is expected to last less than 4                                                               
hours. This is despite the survey  results that show than just 19                                                               
percent of  people get  their information  from Nixle.  She asked                                                               
why DOTPF wouldn't use every  communication avenue, even when the                                                               
closure is under 4 hours.                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
MS. SIROKY replied Nixle would  receive priority because APD uses                                                               
that app,  but the department  will use whatever it  can whenever                                                               
it can with the capabilities it has.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR HUGHES encouraged her to  integrate all the apps and social                                                               
media and use them for each event.                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR  SHOWER suggested  pursuing outreach  to the  local radio                                                               
stations because commuters are listening at those times of day.                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
MS. SIROKY agreed.                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
2:25:55 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR MICCICHE  said he appreciates the  Glenn Highway corridor                                                               
presentation and  wonders if  DOTPF has  similar plans  for other                                                               
densely populated corridors in Southcentral.                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MS. SIROKY said  not to this detail, but the  truck strike on the                                                               
Glenn Highway increased the  department's incident management and                                                               
training which  was put  to good use  during the  earthquake. She                                                               
anticipated looking at other choke points over time.                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR  MICCICHE   pointed  out   that  most   communities  have                                                               
emergency  committees  that could  help  with  basic planning  to                                                               
inform the community.                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
MS. SIROKY said she suspects  that DOTPF maintenance personnel is                                                               
tied into  local planning committees and  thus more knowledgeable                                                               
about local capacity in their area of responsibility.                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
2:28:24 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR HUGHES  cited the language  on page  10 of the  report that                                                               
says  that a  unified command  is established  if the  department                                                               
lacks adequate  resources to  respond to  an incident.  She asked                                                               
what that entails.                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
MS. SIROKY  said she  assumes DOTPF would  request help  from the                                                               
Department of Military & Veterans  Affairs (DMVA). She added that                                                               
the  department  stood  up  its   own  unified  command  for  the                                                               
earthquake. Working closely with  contractors, it was manned 24/7                                                               
for  4-5 days.  She said  she assumes  that someone  at the  DMVA                                                               
incident command at JBER was notified as well.                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR HUGHES  wondered if DOTPF  was working  alone or part  of a                                                               
larger coordination with the military.                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
MS.  SIROKY  advised  that DOTPF  public  information  staff  are                                                               
extensively tied in and have trained with JBER.                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
2:30:22 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR HUGHES  said the  committee would  like to  be kept  in the                                                               
loop on updates as the plan moves toward.                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR MICCICHE  encouraged DOTPF  to be preemptive  in reaching                                                               
out to local communities for  help in planning, notification, and                                                               
response. He opined  that, as the budget tightens,  the state can                                                               
no longer do everything.                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR  HUGHES thanked  the presenters  and reviewed  the upcoming                                                               
agenda.                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
2:32:23 PM                                                                                                                    
There being  no further  business to  come before  the committee,                                                               
Chair  Hughes   adjourned  the  Senate   Transportation  Standing                                                               
Committee meeting at 2:32 pm.                                                                                                   

Document Name Date/Time Subjects
STRA Agenda 1.31.19.pdf STRA 1/31/2019 1:30:00 PM
2019 Glenn ICM Presentation.pptx STRA 1/31/2019 1:30:00 PM
DOT&PF 1.31.19 Follow up.pdf STRA 1/31/2019 1:30:00 PM