The Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities designs, constructs, operates and maintains the state’s transportation infrastructure systems, buildings, and other facilities used by Alaskans and visitors. These include more than 5,600 miles of paved and gravel highways; more than 300 aviation facilities, including 237 airports; 21 harbors; and a ferry system covering 3,500 nautical miles serving 35 coastal communities.
The department is administratively divided into three regions: The Northern Region, headquartered in Fairbanks, is the largest, most geographically diverse, and maintains more centerline miles of highway, including all of the Alaska, Richardson, Taylor, Denali, and Dalton Highways and portions of the Parks and Glenn Highways.
The Central Region, headquartered in Anchorage, includes the state’s most urban areas, as well as some of the most remote villages on the Kuskokwim delta, the Alaska Peninsula, and the Aleutian Chain. Central Region maintains the Seward and Sterling Highways, as well as parts of the Parks and Glenn Highways.
The Southcoast Region, headquartered in Juneau, serves the coastal communities of Alaska encompassing a population of 98,000. Currently, only four Southcoast communities are connected to the continental highway system – Skagway, Haines, Hyder, and Valdez.
The Alaska Marine Highway System is headquartered in Ketchikan. From there, AMHS management directs the operation and maintenance of our fleet of ten vessels, ranging in size from the 181 ft. M/V Lituya to the 418 ft. M/V Columbia.
The mission of Alaska DOT&PF is to "Keep Alaska Moving through service and infrastructure."
HSIP program manager is located with the DOT&PF Statewide Design and Engineering Services division (Chief Engineer's office). DOT&PF regional HSIP practitioners are located within the regional preconstruction
Under the Alaska Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP), the Alaska Department of Transportation & Public Facilities (DOT&PF) identifies high risk intersections and roads, scopes and prioritizes corrective projects, funds the most cost-effective projects, and evaluates actual project and program effectiveness. HSIP dollars are distributed to the most effective projects from a single statewide fund. The purpose of the Alaska HSIP is to “maximize lives saved and major injuries eliminated per dollar spent.” We currently measure our post-construction program benefit-cost ratio at approximately 7:1, a successful ratio achieved through a program that blends spot and systemic projects throughout the State in urban as well as rural locations.
Regional Traffic and Safety personnel identify, scope, estimate, and rank candidate projects according to benefit-cost ratio (ranked projects) and potential for crash reduction (non-ranked projects). HQ Traffic & Safety reviews proposed new projects, works with the regions to clarify project description and scope, and submits recommended projects to DOT&PF's Chief Engineer for approval. Following approval of new HSIP projects, HQ Traffic and Safety selects the most effective projects and proposes a statewide HSIP funding plan for the coming federal fiscal year for approval by the Chief Engineer and the Director of Program Development.
The HSIP funding plan typically includes a blend of on-going projects and new projects. Regions design and construct funded projects and generate before-after studies when three years of post-improvement crash data becomes available. HQ Traffic & Safety manages funding for the statewide HSIP, annually updates the HSIP Handbook, maintains program effectiveness data, and produces the annual HSIP report.
Important Note on Performance Measures calculated by Online Reporting Tool: Alaska does not yet have serious injury data for 2018 - 2019. Our goal is to catch up on 2018 - 2019 crash data entry by March 2020
In the 2020 HSIP Report the state notes:
The response below is unchanged from the 2019 annual report. While there was not substantial progress this year toward completing MIRE FDEs, the plan is still valid and we expect to meet the 2026 compliance date.