Background on the Study Area
Major traffic generators in Anchorage and Eagle River-Chugiak areas include the Midtown and Downtown areas, the University-Medical district, the Alaska Regional hospital, and major shopping centers like the Dimond Mall and Tikhatnu Commons. The Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson (JBER) is another major traffic generator. It includes over 32,000 service members, civilians, and family members that enter and exit the base through designated gates and access points.
The Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport (TSAIA) and the Port of Alaska (POA) are major transportation hubs in the Anchorage Bowl. The TSAIA is an integral part of Anchorage’s transportation system and serves over 5 million passengers annually. It provides over 15,000 jobs and receives about 10% of freight entering Anchorage. The POA, which accounts for 50% of all freight shipped into Alaska, generates significant amounts of freight traffic that use downtown streets.
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Our Study Area
The study area is the AMATS Boundary that encompasses the City of Anchorage and Eagle River-Chugiak areas, including JBER.
Key Challenges Identified
The maps below document data related to the following issues that TSMO can help address in the Anchorage and Eagle River-Chugiak areas:
- Safety Concerns
- Vehicle Congestion
- Pedestrian & Bicyclist Safety Concerns
- Transit Service
- Freight Concerns
- Winter Road Maintenance
The safety of certain intersections and roadway segments is illustrated above.
Sources: 2022 Seward-Glenn Mobility PEL Study, 2021 Chugach Way Area Transportation Elements, 2020 Midtown Congestion Relief Planning and Environmental Linkages Study Report, 2019 Anchorage Vision Zero, and 2011 Eagle River Central Business District (CBD) and Residential Core Circulation Study
Pedestrian & Bicyclist Safety Concerns
The safety of pedestrians, bicyclists, and others using non-motorized transportation options is illustrated above showing crash data.
Source: MOA Annual Traffic Reports
The maps show the various freight corridors and their corresponding levels of concern within the study area.
Source: 2017 Anchorage Freight Mobility Study
The maps above show areas where congestion is experienced throughout the region.
Sources: 2020 2040 Metropolitan Transportation Plan, 2020 Midtown Congestion Relief Planning and Environmental Linkages Study Report, 2016 Congestion Management Plan, and 2011 Eagle River Central Business District (CBD) and Residential Core Circulation Study.
The maps above show the frequency and location of transit service.
Source: MOA Transit Maps
Winter Road Maintenance
The winter road maintenance maps show the priority level for each roadway.
Source: DOT Winter Road Maintenance Priority Map