To: Seward/Kenai Highway Safety Stakeholders
From: Diana Stone Livingston
Subject: Call to Summit Meeting
Tuesday, April 25, 2017
Girdwood Community Meeting Room
A little over one year ago, our last Seward/Kenai Highway Safety Stakeholders met and among other matters reaffirmed our end goals for this group:
- No more deaths on the Seward/Kenai Highway
- Four lane, divided grade highway from Anchorage to Seward and through the Kenai Peninsula
- Effective interim safety measures
- Educate the driving public
- Visible, effective enforcement
- Timely highway maintenance
Now we are faced with an urgent situation. The Department of Public Safety has informed the public that as of May 1, 2017 troopers will not monitor the Seward Highway from Anchorage to Portage. That means there will be no enforcement of safety regulations, and even more serious, when there is an accident there will be no enforcement personnel to clear the highway and reopen to traffic. This will affect traffic flow and public safety along the entire roadway.
You don’t need to be reminded that we are entering our busiest time of the year, when out of state visitors, cruise ship transport, increased shipping, fishermen and other recreationists swell the traffic count on the Seward/Kenai Highway by a factor of at least three. Given this information, we can expect delays of twelve hours and more waiting for the highway to be opened following any event.
Please send your RSVP to me as soon as possible. I will draft a proposed agenda for our meeting, but the issue described above is by far the most pressing matter for discussion. Thank you.
Diana Stone Livingston