Let’s Keep Moving 2036 - Alaska Statewide Long-Range Transportation Plan

From the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities, Let’s Keep Moving 2036 provides the overall policy guidance for regional and area planning of long-range transportation (highways, aviation, transit, rail, marine, bicycle, and pedestrian) in the state of Alaska. The plan includes goals, policies, and actions which inform statewide transportation programs and investments through the year 2036. It is based on technical analyses of four key trends, including climate change, that will have the greatest effect on the transportation system - which represents the government’s largest capital investment in the state.

Alaska’s transportation infrastructure is vulnerable to climate impacts such as the melting/thawing of permafrost, coastal erosion, flooding, and wildfires. The plan also considers the potential for new growth within the transportation system due to retreating sea ice in the Arctic Ocean opening up new areas to maritime traffic.

Policy issues and associated actions related to climate change adaptation identified in the plan include to:

  • Identify the facilities that present the greatest risks from lack of redundancy in Alaska’s primary transportation corridors and appropriate risk response strategies. There is often only one surface route on Alaska’s highway system between major communities, and risks are greater to this system in a natural disaster warranting an emergency response. 
  • Address lack of redundancy and climate change resiliency in asset management plans, project identification, and prioritization within area, corridor and metropolitan plans. 
  • Work with federal, local, and state agencies to provide a safe, secure, and resilient transportation system and emergency preparedness for all modes. 
  • Preserve the integrity of the ecosystems..., limit the negative impacts, and enhance the positive attributes – environmental, social, economic, and human health – from the Alaska Transportation System. This includes monitoring and evaluating environmental outcomes of land use and transportation in relation to ecological connectivity, climate change, air quality, and social and cultural needs in area and modal planning.
  • Prioritize new construction projects by considering overall benefits and costs over time to the State as the key consideration. 

 

Publication Date: December 2016

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  • Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities

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