Chignik Area Inter Village Road System Project
for this project can be found on the Denali Commission's Project Database System #RA-501
The project would construct approximately 21 miles of a new roadway to connect the communities of Chignik Bay, Chignik Lagoon, and Chignik Lake. The road would be constructed in accordance with A Policy on Geometric Design of Highways and Streets (AASHTO 1994). The design standards for a rural major collector with an ADT of less than 250 vehicles per day are appropriate. The stretch of road between Chignik Bay and Chignik Lagoon is 12.1 miles through mostly rolling terrain. The route passes through a mountain valley just outside Chignik Bay and continues along the coast of Mallard Duck Bay and north around Rocky Point to Chignik Lagoon. The road to Chignik Lake would branch off from this road near Mallard Duck Bay. This road would be approximately 9 miles long, traversing along coastal terrain to Chignik Lake. Both roadways will require several culverts for the multiple creek crossings. The roads would most likely be built in two phases, as funding becomes available. The 1997 Needs List includes a listing for "Chignik Area Inter-Village Road System Construction," which would construct approximately 20 miles of new road to link the communities of Chignik Bay, Chignik Lagoon, and Chignik Lake. This project received a 3 priority, but no cost estimate was provided. In the project nomination package, the cost for the entire project was estimated at $26,000,000. In 1998, the DOT&PF estimated the cost of the project at 22.8 million for a single lane 14-foot-wide roadway with pullouts every 1,000 feet. (Southwest Alaska Transportation Plan Transportation System Alternatives Technical Appendix B).