Planners holding open house for feedback on U-Med access plan

Nathaniel Herz

State and city transportation planners are holding an open house at East High School Tuesday evening to give the public a chance to weigh in on how to improve access to Anchorage's U-Med District.

The district, near Providence Hospital and the University of Alaska Anchorage, is has seen the most job growth in the city. But it's hard to get there from the north and east, even though that's the source of some 43 percent of trips to the area, according to a 2011 study--or about 8,000 of the 19,000 daily visits.

The project, long discussed, has also been controversial. Some critics are concerned about slicing through the UAA and Alaska Pacific University campuses and green spaces.

The report identified four possible options for routes that would improve access to the area.

At the open house, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., city and state officials will discuss the project and take feedback from the public.

Plans call for the selection of a preferred route next spring, with construction in 2015 and 2016.

Reach Nathaniel Herz at or 257-4311.