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South Tongass Highway Rehabilitation: Deermount Street to Surf Street

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Project Description
The Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities (DOT&PF) 1 is working to rehabilitate about three miles of South Tongass Highway and related non-motorized facilities from Deermount Street to Surf Street.

The South Tongass Highway Rehabilitation project would improve operations and provide improved movement of vehicle, bicycle, and pedestrian traffic.

11/5/20: In late summer, geotechnical workers collected soils and bedrock data that the project is incorporating into the roadway design. This field data will also help refine the culvert design at Saxman Creek.

Right-of-way work is starting. Property owners with encroachments in the right-of-way will be contacted by DOT&PF in the next few months to clear the right-of-way within the new alignment to make room for coming construction. Some encroachments may be permitted to remain in the right-of-way. If you have questions about right-of-way, please contact Michael Schuler at DOT&PF by calling 907-465-4499 or emailing

The project is developing a construction phasing plan to detail potential road closures or delays associated with an efficient construction schedule.

The project remains on schedule with two planned construction efforts. Stage 1 will construct the southern portion from Saxman to Surf Street. Stage 2 will construct the segment between Deermount Street and Saxman. Both are anticipated to begin in 2022, with timing dependent upon future funding and other considerations.

Temporary pavement overlays were applied to portions of South Tongass this summer. Winter and spring driving through those sections of road should be smoother than in recent years.

Under a separately funded safety improvement project, the intersection of Deermount and Stedman Streets will be upgraded with improved intersection lighting and a wider, more pedestrian-friendly sidewalk on the water side of the intersection.

Please check this project website regularly. We will update information as the design progresses.

1. The environmental review, consultation, and other actions required by applicable Federal environmental laws for this project are being, or have been, carried out by DOT&PF pursuant to 23 U.S.C. 327 and a Memorandum of Understanding dated November 3, 2017 and executed by FHWA and DOT&PF.