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out plan to improve traffic calming process |
Sullivan recently announced plans to streamline and improve the city's traffic
calming process. Traffic calming is the term used for methods that reduce vehicle speeds and
Often, state legislators designate traffic
calming funds for areas within their particular districts, which limits how and
where grant money can be spent. Additionally, traffic calming projects are sometimes
conceived without clear budget information.
These budgetary, geographic and technical limits have combined to make
the application of some of these projects difficult if not impossible. It became clear that without a close review
of the terms of these grants and the associated projects, the city risked not
achieving full utilization of the grants. In other words, the previous system
was inefficient and needed to change.
a result, the Municipality will now work with the affected neighborhoods, the
legislative sponsors and the MOA Public Works Department to:
which grants can be implemented as intended and which require either neighborhood
input or further or legislative action;
with Public Works to select design criteria and methods to accomplish the
projects using the traffic calming techniques; and
the legislature in a process of reallocating the unspent money into new
accomplish the above, the Municipality will engage a consultant to:
various grants projects, past and present, funded or not;
projects with neighborhoods;
projects with legislators;
projects to Public Works using available funds. Public Works will be responsible for
design and construction or other implementation of the projects using the
traffic calming techniques;
quantify the grants and partial grants that can not be spent based on
insufficient budgets, lack of approvable projects or overly restrictive
legislative constraints. This will
also include sweeping up funds left over from completed projects. Once identified, the consultant will
work with the MOA legislative liaison to request that the State
Legislature reallocate these remaining amounts to projects that can be
completed with the available funds; and
Work with the
MOA legislative liaison to suggest legislative solutions to insure that
future grants meet the desires of the sponsors, the intended neighborhoods
and can be constructed by the Municipality using the approved traffic
calming techniques. This would
include more flexible legislative guidance and/or a requirement to more
fully develop the projects up front before taking them to the legislature
Once this process is complete, the consultant's role will wrap
up and the MOA can continue working with neighborhoods and legislators to fund
projects that are consistent with its traffic calming policy.
Dept. successfully transitions to new radio network, an effort to improve
The Anchorage Fire
Department is the first of the Municipality
of Anchorage's public
safety agencies to transition to the Anchorage Wide Area Radio Network
new two-way radio system provides fire and medic responders with complete radio
coverage and, as other agencies migrate to the system, interoperability among
all municipal, state and federal agencies. In this first phase, fire and medic units are able to communicate with
each other and the 911 Dispatch Center from many areas in the Anchorage Bowl
where radio coverage had been spotty or non-existent.
of the system will continue to include the entire Municipality from Girdwood
to the Knik River and beyond. Once complete, all Municipal agencies,
including the Anchorage Police Dept. and the utilities, will utilize this
single radio system, replacing several outdated, 1980s systems that do not
provide interoperability, have spotty coverage, and are becoming difficult and
expensive to maintain.
grants funded 55 percent of the $25 million needed for the system; 18 percent
was funded by the State of Alaska and the
balance was paid through several bonds authorized by Anchorage voters.
City set to celebrate grand opening of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue|
Mayor Dan Sullivan
and community leaders will celebrate the grand opening of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue on
Wed., Aug. 4 at 12 p.m. The new avenue, which has been under construction for
four years at a cost of $35 million, will open to traffic at 4 p.m. The five lane road, south of Tudor Road and parallel to it, will
connect Boniface Parkway
directly with Elmore Road
and provide a new route for people travelling between South
Anchorage and the Boniface and Muldoon areas.
The new road extends from Boniface south and curves to become
parallel to Tudor. It lies between the MOA's Animal Care and Control Center
and the Chuck Albrecht ball fields, connecting to Elmore.
The celebration kicks off at 12 p.m. with remarks from the mayor
and other community leaders, followed by a parade, food booths and games. The
public is encouraged to attend. Click here for a map and additional details.
delegates visit Sister City of Chitose, Japan
Earlier in July, delegates from Anchorage's
Sister Cities Commission visited Chitose, Japan, at their invitation and expense, which has
been a Sister City for 40 years.
Delegates were greeted by a warm welcoming
committee and were featured on the front page of the local newspaper.
While in Chitose, delegates visited the Chitose Elementary School
that has an exchange program with Anchorage's Sand Lake Elementary School and Mears Middle School.
Delegates also visited Chitose's Anchorage Park,
where 40 Sitka Spruce trees donated by the city as part of the program's
40-year anniversary are alive and thriving. Finally, Miss Anchorage Abby
Hancock and Sister Cities Commissioner Charlene Howe unveiled a new sign
commemorating the special Sister
Dan Sullivan's statement on the Elmendorf AFB Tragedy|
Mayor of Anchorage, I wish to express my heartfelt condolences to the families
of the four airmen who died tragically last night in a plane crash at Elmendorf
Air Force Base. Tragedies such as these cause us to pause and reflect, and it
is my hope that the people of Anchorage, including military personnel, can
unite and find strength during the days and months ahead.
is blessed with a vibrant military presence, and I'm sure I speak for all
citizens when I say that our thoughts and prayers are with the friends and
families of those who died, as well as our entire military community.
Mayor Sullivan with 2010 summer interns
- Aug 1
Cup Baseball at Mulcahy Stadium
- Aug 2
Chamber of Commerce
- Aug 4
- Aug 6
Ribbon-cutting at Kincaid Park's
new soccer fields
- Aug 7
Fairview Block Party
- Aug 8
Anchorage Senior Center Garden Gala