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Protecting Your Rights: Serving Sand Lake, Spenard, and Turnagain


September 27, 2018

In this issue:

•  Transportation Improvement Program Public Comment Period Extended

•  Update: ANC North/South Runway Renewal Project

•  Community Events

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

It’s been a September for the record books. We’ve been fortunate with beautiful weather and warm temperatures all month long. Here are updates on the Municipality’s Transportation Improvement Program and the Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport North/South runway renewal, as well as a few community events and opportunities to look forward to.



Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) Public Comment Period Extended



Anchorage Metropolitan Area Transportation Solutions (AMATS) is extending the public comment period for the 2019-22 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) through 5 pm on Monday, October 1st.

The TIP is the Municipality’s short range project plan for transportation improvements. It outlines the investment program of capital improvements to the metropolitan transportation system. The TIP is the means of implementing the goals and objectives of the Metropolitan Transportation Plan. Additionally, the TIP process is used to satisfy the public participation process of the Program of Projects (POP) that is required by federal law.

The Public Review Draft can be viewed here.


Please submit public comments to:

Craig Lyon

AMATS Coordinator, Acting Planning Director




Update: ANC North/South Runway Renewal Project




As we discussed in a previous newsletter, the Alaska Department of Transportation & Public Facilities (DOT&PF), in partnership with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), is repairing and rebuilding the North/South Runway at Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport (ANC). Beginning Monday, September 24, the North/South Runway will be fully closed for approximately one week to complete final preparations for winter operations. The work will include flight checks, painting, grooving, and contractor demobilization from the project site.  During the closure of the North/South runway, all ANC aircraft will utilize the East/West runways. After the work is complete, the North/South runway will resume normal operations throughout winter. Construction will resume in April 2019 for the final phase. 

More information can be found at the following project link:

If you would like to comment on the project and its impacts, you can use the following comment form link:



Community Events

Mark your calendar for these upcoming events:


Spenard Road Ribbon Cutting


This Saturday, September 29, from 10:30 am to 11:30 am, join the Mayor, lawmakers, community council representatives, business owners, and Spenard residents for a ribbon cutting to commemorate the completion of the Spenard Road reconstruction project.

The improved segment of Spenard Road between Hillcrest Drive and  Benson Boulevard now features 8-foot wide sidewalks, marked crosswalks, 5-foot wide bike lanes, a center left-turn lane, and off-street parking. Other additions include LED lighting, landscaping, and art features that reflect the spirit of Spenard and make the corridor more inviting and attractive for patrons and local businesses. The project is the culmination of a decades-long effort by Spenard leaders, activists, and business owners working with the Municipality’s project team to create a roadway that is beneficial for everyone.

The ribbon cutting will take place at the new crosswalk at West 26th Avenue. The ribbon cutting coincides with the last Spenard Farmers’ Market of the season, featuring food from local vendors, live music, and entertainment for all ages. Families are welcome and encouraged to attend. 


When: Saturday, September 29 at 10:30 AM
Where: Spenard Farmers’ Market parking lot –
2555 Spenard Road


Visit the Facebook event page or for more information. 


2018 Trunk-or-Treat



Trunk-or-Treat is an annual event hosted by The Arc of Anchorage that allows families a safe and accessible experience trick-or-treating in a parking lot from car to car. Trunks of vehicles are decorated in different themes and volunteers pass out candy and prizes at every trunk. Carnival style games, activities, food vendors and more will be available for all to enjoy.

Funds raised at the 2018 Trunk-or-Treat event will go toward the purchase of an ADA accessible vehicle that will provide transportation for individuals of all ages who experience disabilities in the greater Anchorage area who receive service from The Arc. The event also gives the public the opportunity to have an accessible trick-or-treating experience so individuals who experience mobility challenges can join in the fun – everyone is included!


When: Saturday, September 29th from 5:008:00 PM
Where: The
Arc of Anchorage campus – 2221 Arca Drive


Visit the Facebook event page or for more information. 


Community Councils

Spenard Community Council 
When: Wednesday, October 3rd at 7:00 PM 
Where: Spenard Recreation Center – 2020 W. 48th Avenue

Turnagain Community Council 
When: Thursday, October 4th at 7:00 PM 
Where: West/Romig Career Technology Center, Room 152 – 1700 Hillcrest Dr.
Facebook event page

Sand Lake Community Council 
When: Monday, October 8th at 6:30 PM 
Where: Sand Lake Elementary School, Library Room – 7500 Jewel Lake Rd.
Facebook event page



As always, please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.

signed: Matt Claman

Rep. Matt Claman

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