Major Transportation Link opens on Wed., Aug. 4
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue Dedication Event
Contact: Sarah Erkmann
ANCHORAGE- The Municipality of Anchorage (MOA) opens the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue tomorrow, Aug. 4, at 12 p.m. Mayor Dan Sullivan and the MOA’s Project Management and Engineering (PM&E) Department will host opening ceremonies at the project site.
Mayor Sullivan says the project is an important link to relieving traffic congestion in east Anchorage. “This project works in concert with other east-side transportation projects like the East Dowling Road and Elmore Road Extensions,” said Sullivan. “It has amenities for bikes, pedestrians and vehicles and is designed to reflect the beauty of its surroundings. I’m pleased to see a major local roadway named after the civil rights leader.”
This new roadway parallels Tudor Road and connects the intersection of Boniface Parkway to a new intersection on Elmore Road. The project was identified in the East Anchorage Study of Transportation and the MOA 2020 Long-Range Transportation Plan to improve east/west connectivity through Anchorage, and to improve traffic circulation and relieve congestion on Tudor Road.
“It was both inefficient and inconvenient for Anchorage residents to travel through the Lake Otis and Tudor intersection whenever they wanted to move across town,” said Mayor Sullivan. “Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue will take more traffic off Tudor Road and give residents a little breathing room on the road.”
Once open, it is estimated that the road will soon carry about 22,000 vehicles per day.
After the opening remarks at noon, a parade will proceed from Tudor Centre Drive to the Chuck Albrecht Fields. The public is encouraged to join the parade on foot to the fields where food, fun and children’s games will be available until 2 p.m. The road will open permanently to through traffic at 4 p.m.
MOA Deputy Director for PM&E Jerry Hansen will emcee the presentations made by Mayor Dan Sullivan; Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities Commissioner Leo Von Sheben; PM&E Project Manager John Smith, P.E.; Alaska Senator Bettye Davis; Assembly Member Elvi Gray-Jackson; Reverend Dr. Alonzo Patterson, Pastor of the Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church and President of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Foundation; Nelson Angapak, Senior Vice President, Alaska Federation of Natives; and Reverend Dr. William Greene, Pastor of the Eagle River Missionary Baptist Church and Chairman of the Anchorage Community Police Relations Task Force.
Project details: Construction began in 2008 and includes: new storm drain facilities, signal upgrades at Boniface Parkway/Tudor Road, new Tudor Centre Drive connection, a new signal at Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue and Elmore Road, new pedestrian facilities and trail connections, which include a pedestrian/wildlife underpass, street lighting, and landscaping. The project was completed in conjunction with a much-needed Anchorage Water and Wastewater Utility 48-inch water transmission line. The road project total cost for design and construction was about $37.5 million.
Note to media: Use the Boniface intersection to access the dedication/parade site. It will be the only intersection open prior to 4 p.m.