HSIP Sterling Highway Slow Vehicle Turnout Lanes
Project Number 52997/HHE-021-1(056)

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The Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities (DOT&PF), in cooperation with the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) is planning to add 22 slow vehicle turnout (SVT) lanes on the Sterling Highway between Soldotna (near milepost (MP) 102.5) and Homer (near MP 160.3).  This project is funded through the Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP). The purpose of the project is to mitigate the number of head-on and rear-end crashes that occur at or near the selected turnout sites.  Design is underway and construction will be completed in 2014. 



What is Alaska's Law? Delay of 5 Vehicles Illegal, Must Use Turnouts

Alaska’s law for “Delay of 5 or More Vehicles – Must Pull Over…” has been in place since 1993.  However, the public discourse to date has been about concerns for providing for and interpreting the law. DOT&PF is working with the Department of Public Safety to reduce head-on collisions statewide through many means – media education, enforcement, passing lanes and multilane highways.  In the shorter term, centerline rumble strips and more affordable slow vehicle turnouts are targeting higher crash areas. In general, either a string of passing lanes or slow vehicle turnouts are selected rather than a mixture of both. Along segments that do not have passing lanes, slow vehicle turnouts are an affordable and more rapidly built interim measure with less design and construction impact.

In addition to the slow vehicle turnouts planned for the Sterling Highway, a similar HSIP project is planned for the Seward Highway.  This project will add slow vehicle turnouts in more challenging narrow areas, and where space allows, several more passing lanes will be built.  Construction for the Seward Highway project is slated for construction in 2013.