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Commenting open: June 09, 2021 12:00AM AKT - July 09, 2021 11:59PM AKT.

POA-2021-00224 Cottonwood Creek Seward Meridian Road Improvements

A request for a Clean Water Act (CWA) §401 Water Quality Certification of a Department of the Army (DA) Permit application, Corps of Engineers’ Reference Number POA-2021-00224, Cottonwood Creek, has been received for the discharge of dredged and/or fill materials into waters of the United States (WOUS), including wetlands. After reviewing the application, DEC may certify there is reasonable assurance the activity, and any discharge that might result, will comply with the CWA, the Alaska Water Quality Standards, and other applicable State laws. DEC also may deny or waive certification.

Applicant: Alaska Department of Transportation & Public Facilities, Amber Cozad, PO Box 196900, Anchorage, Alaska 99519, (907) 269-0535,

Project Name: Seward Meridian Parkway Road Improvements

Location: The proposed activity is located within Section 6-7, T. 17 N., R. 1 E., Seward Meridian; Latitude 61.598975° N., Longitude -149.360060° W.; in Wasilla, Alaska.

Purpose: The applicant’s stated purpose is to increase the capacity of Seward Meridian Parkway (SMP) between the Parks Highway and Bogard Road and to extent SMP north to Seldon Road, providing a key system linkage from Seldon Road to the Parks Highway. As a result of local growth and development, traffic congestion and thru-traffic demand in the project area is sharply increasing, with SMP serving as an important link in the north-south roadway capacity and arterial continuity between the highway and local roads. The extension of SMP to Seldon Road would provide a direct route between the highway and residential areas north of Wasilla while improving traffic congestion and safety.

Project Description: The applicant proposes to reconstruct the SMP to a four-land facility with a center turn lane between Palmer Wasilla Highway and Bogard Road and extend SMP one mile to Seldon Road. This is Phase II of a larger project that began in 2013. Each phase was permitted separately due to design scheduling and funding. Phase II would widen SMP to four lanes, extend it one mile to the north, replacing the existing culvert at Cottonwood Creek with a bridge, adding a separated multi-use pedestrian pathway, and upgrading signalized intersections.
The applicant proposes placement of approximately 84,000 cubic yards (CY) of material into 2.72 acres of WOUS, including wetlands, to reconstruct the SMP and construct the bridge at Cottonwood Creek. 

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