by Phillip Manning ~ July 18th, 2014
The Mat-Su Borough is soliciting public input in order to update its Long Range Transportation Plan. The plan was last updated in 2007, and was intended to act as a guide for borough-wide transportation improvements through 2025. The update currently in progress will run through 2035. While the plan covers the entire borough, the focus for the update is on fast-growing areas such as Knik Goose Bay Road and the Big Lake and Meadow Lakes areas.
The goal of the LRTP is to allow infrastructure to keep pace with growth. It involves plans for roads, trails, airports, and public transportation. While the update is focused more on the core area of the borough, the rural areas are also covered. Talkeetna, Trapper Creek, and Sunshine all have lists of community desires listed in the 2007 plan. For Talkeetna, that includes items like the wish to continue as an “end of the road” community. Trapper Creek’s largest item is the improvement of the Petersville Road, and Sunshine has requests for pedestrian access and general safety improvements, especially along high traffic roads and the Parks Highway.
The Mat-Su Borough website is currently holding an “online open house” for the transportation plan, and the 2007 update can be downloaded from there. There is also a list of contacts for HDR Alaska, the contracting firm that is putting together the update for the borough. There is also one remaining public meeting on July 23rd at 6:00 pm at the fire station on Swanson Avenue in Wasilla.