State of Alaska and federal government advance highway project March 7, 2018 Press Release No. 18-033 JUNEAU – The Federal Highway Administration and Alaska Department of Transportation & Public Facilities signed the final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Sterling Highway Milepost 45-60 project. This is a major milestone in advancing one of the longest active environmental documents in the United States, which started nearly 40 years ago. This signing allows the State of Alaska to address the long-standing issues with the Sterling Highway between Milepost 45-60, which does not serve the high volume of traffic, fails to meet modern highway design standards, and has safety concerns. “Everyone who’s driven this stretch of Sterling Highway knows that improvements are needed. I thank our partners at the Federal Highway Administration for hearing Alaskan voices and making this breakthrough,” Governor Bill Walker said. “In particular, Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao deserves praise. After visiting Alaska last year, the Secretary prioritized the effort to make an agreement.” Challenges related to developing the project came from its proximity to the Kenai River and Lake, Kenai National Wildlife Refuge, Resurrection Pass National Recreation Trail, as well as steep terrain, nearby historic and cultural resource sites, and limited right-of-way. The public comment period is now open on the identified preferred route by Juneau Creek and will end April 16, 2018. Once the comments are reviewed, a Record of Decision will be released.