Projects and Programs

 2017 Projects

Project Start (Design):

 

College Road Bus Pullouts (Preliminary Engineering): Install seven bus stop facilities at high-use locations along College Road in coordination with the MACS Transit System and the College Road Corridor Study from University Avenue to the Steese Expressway.

Airport Way Functional Features Analysis: Provide a general toolkit for DOT&PF engineers that provides functional and aesthetic options for necessary roadway features for Airport Way. Analyze need for access control features in the corridor and evaluate the feasibility of complete street and green street elements that give consideration to right-of-way and operational constraints.

FMATS Sign Replacement – Stage III (Preliminary Engineering): Replace signs in accordance with each entity’s established sign management plans to meet the requirements of the MUTCD.

Gillam Way Reconstruction (Final Design): Reconstruct Gillam Way between Airport Way and 22nd Avenue including pedestrian and drainage improvements, utilities and traffic calming.

Lathrop Street Extension (Preliminary Engineering): Reconstruct sections of South Lathrop Street and extend it from the Alaska Railroad Crossing at Sanduri Street to the proposed entry road to the Tanana Lakes Recreation Area, at the Tanana River levee. Improvements include constructing a gravel road prism 30 feet wide and upgrade of the railroad crossing at Sanduri.

Minnie Street Upgrade (Planning): Conduct a PEL Study to ultimately define the scope and design elements of the project, including a right of way survey. Rehabilitate Minnie Street from Erceg Street to the Old Steese Highway in accordance with the results of the study and approval of the Policy Committee. Improvements may involve imporving intersection geometries, upgrading sidewalks to meet ADA standards, storm drain system, utility relocations and rehabilitation or replacement of the Noyes Slough Bridge

North Pole Streetlight Standardization (Preliminary Engineering): Upgrade the streetlights in older subdivisions and illuminate several areas in the city currently not illuminated. Consolidate the streetlights on to one or a few circuits.

Old Richardson Highway Intersection Improvements (Preliminary Engineering): Analyze, design, and construct intersection and safety improvements with emphasis on safety for all users, road function, and quality of life. The intersections to be considered are Santa Claus Lane and E 5th Avenue and NPHS Boulevard at Old Richardson Highway and 8th Avenue however, the analysis and solution may be more far-reaching. The railroad crossing will also be brought to current standards under this project.

Tanana Loop and South Chandalar Drive Intersection Improvements: Reconstruct the intersections of Tanana Loop/Alumni Drive/South Chandalar Drive; and Salcha Street/South Chandalar Drive including the portions of South Chandalar Drive between the intersections and up to Ambler Lane. Project will also include reconstructing the pedestrian facilities and construction of new pedestrian facilities on Alumni Drive, Tanana Loop, Salcha Street and South Chandalar Drive.

Yankovich/Miller Hill Road Reconstruction and Multi-Use Path (Final Design): Reconstruct Miller Hill Road and Yankovich Road from Sheep Creek to Ballaine Road. Construct a side path from LARS to Ballaine Road and tie into the existing side path on Farmers Loop.

Construction:

 

Birch Hill Bicycle and Pedestrian Facility: Construct a bike/pedestrian facility along Birch Hill Road to allow safe access to the Birch Hill Recreational Trail System. Construction expected in 2017.

 

Noble Street Upgrade: Reconstruct Noble St. from 1st Avenue to Gaffney Road. Obligated in 2016. Construction expected in 2017. GVEA may be doing advance utility relocation in 2016.

 

Steese Expressway to Front Street Bicycle/Pedestrian Path: Construct a bicycle/pedestrian path from the Steese Expressway separated path to Front Street.  Obligated in 2016. Construction expected in 2017.

 

FMATS Improvement Program FFY17: Cowles Street (Y to 29th), 10th Ave (Cushman to Steese), McKinley View Drive, Valley View Drive, Old Chena Ridge Road, Birch Hill Roundabout, H&H Road, Doughchee Ave, San Augustin Drive, Perimeter Drive and Tanana Loop.

 

Transit Buses: Purchase three transit buses to replace buses purchased in 2007 that will reach their useful life in 2017. These buses are 29 foot Gillig buses that have a useful life of 10 years. (Project scope is for six total buses).

 2018 Projects

Project Start (Design):

 

College Road Bus Pullouts (Final Design): Install seven bus stop facilities at high-use locations along College Road in coordination with the MACS Transit System and the College Road Corridor Study from University Avenue to the Steese Expressway.

Cowles Street Reconstruction (Final Design): Reconstruct Cowles Street from 1st Avenue to East Cowles to include sidewalk, drainage and illumination improvements.

FMATS Sidewalk Improvement Program: This is an annual project. Fund projects that will improve connectivity, safety, mobility and access for pedestrians throughout the MPA. 

  • Loftus Road: Install a crosswalk at York Avenue and update school signs to flashing school zone signs on Loftus Road
  • 5th Avenue Sidewalk Replacement
  • Homstead Road Pedestrian Path
  • Lathrop Street: Regrade and repave Lathrop Street and construct sidewalk along the west side between Eagan Ave and 16th Ave
  • Badger Road Bike and Pedestrian Facility
  • Yukon Drive Sidewalk

North Pole Streetlight Standardization (Final Design): Upgrade the streetlights in older subdivisions and illuminate several areas in the city currently not illuminated. Consolidate the streetlights on to one or a few circuits.

Old Richardson Highway Intersection Improvements (Final Design): Analyze, design, and construct intersection and safety improvements with emphasis on safety for all users, road function, and quality of life. The intersections to be considered are Santa Claus Lane and E 5th Avenue and NPHS Boulevard at Old Richardson Highway and 8th Avenue however, the analysis and solution may be more far-reaching. The railroad crossing will also be brought to current standards under this project.

Construction:

 

Gillam Way Reconstruction: Reconstruct Gillam Way between Airport Way and 22nd Avenue including pedestrian and drainage improvements, utilities and traffic calming.

 

Wembley Avenue Improvements: Aurora Drive to Danby Street: Reconstruct Wembley Avenue from Aurora Drive to Danby Street and construct a pedestrian facility.

 

FMATS Improvement Program: This is an annual project. Fund projects that will improve connectivity, safety, mobility and access for pedestrians throughout the MPA. 

Possible 2018 Improvement Program projects include:

  • Kris Kringle Service Area (Blitzen Drive, Donner Drive, Kris Kringle Drive)
  • Chena Pump Bike Path Resurfacing
  • Boat Street Path and Road Resurfacing
  • Davis Road: Peger to Lathrop
  • Old Richardson Highway: Badger to Dennis
  • West Cowles Street
  • Margaret Avenue
  • E Baranof Ave
  • 27th Ave (Lathrop to S Cushman)
  • 24th Ave (Lathrop to S Cushman)
  • 21st Ave (Rickert to S Cushman)
  • Crosson Ave (Wilbur to Lathrop)
  • 10th Ave (Lathrop to Kellum)
  • Slater Drive
  • 3rd Avenue drainage (City of North Pole)

 

Planning Programs

Freight Mobility Plan (2016-2017): Characterize the movement of freight within the Metropolitan Planning Area, identify deficiencies and make recommendations for future freight investments.

Metropolitan Transportation Plan (2017-2018) : Update the FMATS Metropolitan Transportation Plan, as required under 23 USC 134 considering the FAST Act’s new planning factors and performance measures and targets.

FMATS Transition Plan (2017): Develop and implement a transition plan to ensure the sustainability of FMATS as an MPO in good standing by analyzing its hosting structure and recommending a structure to see FMATS continue to thrive in the future. In addition, provide for transitional services in the event of employee turnover which may include wages for personnel.

Green Streets Plan (2018-2019): FMATS will identify and prioritize which streets within the urbanized area are in greatest need of green infrastructure for the management of storm water runoff, including specific design recommendations for each of those streets. Research of best management practices in a sub-arctic environment will also be included in the report.

 

 

To view the short-range plan for FMATS projects, visit the Transportation Improvement Program page.