DOT&PF Cuts Ribbon to Open East Dowling Road
Extension Adds Link in the Connect Anchorage Initiative
(ANCHORAGE, Alaska) - The Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities (DOT&PF) officially commemorated the opening of the new East Dowling Road Extension and Improvement Project with a ribbon-cutting ceremony Wednesday. The project is an entirely new extension of Dowling from Norm Drive east to Elmore Road, and improves an existing segment of Dowling Road between Lake Otis Parkway and Norm Drive, into a divided four-lane highway.
The $25 million project was funded through direct appropriations from the State of Alaska and is a part of DOT&PF's continuing "Connect Anchorage" initiative.
"This project gives us another much-needed alternative that will better distribute traffic and relieve congestion at key intersections," said DOT&PF Commissioner Leo von Scheben.
Construction of this connection to the new Elmore Road will reduce the amount of traffic passing through the Lake Otis and Tudor intersection by providing an alternative route for traffic between East and South Anchorage.
"The use of state funds enabled the project to move from concept to completion in about three years - long before it could have broken ground had federal funds been utilized," said DOT&PF Central Region Director Gordon Keith.
QAP was the general contractor.