The Borough hired the engineering firm Hattenburg, Dilley and Linnell LLC (HDL) to proceed with engineering and environmental studies to extend Museum Drive 1.9-miles westward to connect with Sylvan Road. The extension would hook up to Marigold Drive, completing a connection all the way to the Parks Highway just west of Pittman Road. The road is envisioned as a two-lane road with shoulders.
This area of the Matanuska-Susitna Borough has grown rapidly in recent years, resulting in a boom in land development and a corresponding increase in local traffic and traffic crashes. The Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities (ADOT&PF) has designated the Parks Highway from Lucus Road to the Alaska Railroad Houston Crossing as a safety corridor in an effort to reduce crash rates. ADOT&PF is in the right-of-way acquisition phase of a project to upgrade the Parks Highway from Lucus Road to Big Lake Road, milepost 44-52, to a 4-lane divided highway with limited access. However, available funds to construct the Parks Highway: Lucus Road to Big Lake Road project may be years away, and there are no frontage roads in the area at this time.
The Matanuska-Susitna Borough received funds to design and construct the Museum Drive and the Machen Road connections in 2008. In May 2009, HDL received the go-ahead to begin design and produce bid-ready plans by late 2010. The project has been put on temporary hold until the Machen Road Extension is complete and the remaining budget determined.
Brad Sworts, Manager
Pre-Design & Engineering Div.
Engineering Consultant Team:
Hattenburg Dilley & Linnell, LLC
Jeff Fuglestad, Project Manager
Brooks & Associates, Public Involvement
Kinney Engineering LLC, Traffic Engineering
Hoefler Consulting Group, Environmental Site Assessment
EDC, Inc., Illumination
The Matanuska-Susitna Borough received $6 million to design and construct two Parks Highway Connectors: Museum Drive and Machen Drive. Machen Drive was completed in October of 2014. The remaining funds will be used to move the Museum Drive Extension project forward as close to completion as possible.