A Municipality of Anchorage neighborhood revitalization project
Identify roadway improvements to support opportunities for redevelopment with an emphasis on safety, access and multimodal facilities in the area
Anchorage Metropolitan Area Transportation Solutions (AMATS), in partnership with the Long-Range Division of the municipal Planning Department, has hired DOWL to prepare a Chugach Way Area Transportation Elements Study.
This Transportation Elements Study will be based on a comprehensive analysis of existing conditions and recommendations for future roadway and multi-modal facilities for the area. Included in that analysis will be an evaluation of how Chugach Way and its connecting streets could be upgraded for improved safety, accessibility, and connectivity. Stakeholder engagement will be a critical aspect of this analysis.
The Municipality’s focus on revitalization of Spenard began with the 1986 Spenard Commercial District Development Strategy, which instigated a southern Spenard Road upgrade. This was followed by the 2012 West Anchorage District Plan and the 2020 Spenard Corridor Plan. These plans support redevelopment efforts, including new commercial uses and residential units along with transit services in the area.
Chugach Way is currently a substandard local street with the potential to function as a strategic thoroughfare that connects Midtown Anchorage with the Spenard Road corridor and beyond.
Its importance to the Spenard Community Council and its strategic contribution to central Spenard has been highlighted in the 2040 Land Use Plan and the Spenard Corridor Plan, both of which recommend master planning as an implementation tool. Chugach Way upgrades are integral to supporting redevelopment in this section of Spenard. The study area is designated a top priority Reinvestment Focus Area by the Anchorage 2040 Land Use Plan.
The municipal Planning Department intends to complete a Small Area Implementation Plan (SAIP) for this Reinvestment Focus Area in Spenard. This Transportation Elements Study focuses on the transportation elements of this SAIP.