Planned Transportation Spending
An examination of Alaska’s 2011-2013 Statewide Transportation Improvement Program* reveals that road maintenance/minor widening projects account for the largest chunk of planned spending (22 percent). Bridge capacity expansion projects follow at 19 percent of the STIP. This category includes $540 million for the Knik Arm Bridge, a planned public-private partnership. New road capacity projects make up 15 percent of the STIP’s spending; this category includes the Knik Arm Crossing access roads ($173 million) as well as the Juneau Access Project ($48 million), a project currently on hold due to litigation. Transit projects make up 12 percent of the STIP’s spending. Bridge maintenance/replacement projects and projects classified as “other” each make up 10 percent, and road and bridge maintenance projects ** comprise 7 percent of the planned spending. Safety projects account for 3 percent, and bicycle/pedestrian projects comprise 1 percent. Road or bridge projects with bicycle/pedestrian components (such as adding sidewalks when reconstructing a roadway) also make up 1 percent of the STIP. share
Proposed Spending, FY 2011-FY2013*
|Project Type||Cost (Millions)|
|Road Maintenance/Minor Widening||$660.66|
|Road/Bridge Project with Bike/Ped Components||$42.65|
|New Road Capacity||$453.08|
|Bridge Capacity Expansion||$562.91|
|Road and Bridge Maintenance/Replacement**||$223.34|
* The Alaska DOT provided information for 2011-2013.
** Certain projects, due to environmental and logistical reasons, include both bridge and road components; the analysis classifies projects that could not be broken into either category as road and bridge maintenance/replacement.