Legislature(2009 - 2010)CAPITOL 17

03/18/2010 01:00 PM TRANSPORTATION


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* first hearing in first committee of referral
+ teleconferenced
= bill was previously heard/scheduled
*+ HB 226 NAMING VETERANS' WAY IN MAT-SU TELECONFERENCED
Moved CSHB 226(TRA) Out of Committee
*+ HB 261 TRANSPORTATION PROJECT DISCLOSURES TELECONFERENCED
Moved CSHB 261(TRA) Out of Committee
*+ HB 262 MOTORCYCLE AWARENESS MONTH TELECONFERENCED
Moved CSHB 262(TRA) Out of Committee
+ Bills Previously Heard/Scheduled TELECONFERENCED
+= HB 257 BAN CELL PHONE USE WHEN DRIVING TELECONFERENCED
Moved CSHB 257(TRA) Out of Committee
             HB 226-NAMING VETERANS' WAY IN MAT-SU                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR P. WILSON  announced that the first order  of business would                                                              
be  HOUSE BILL  NO. 226,  "An Act  renaming Seldon  Road and  that                                                              
portion  of Bogard  Road that  extends between  Palmer and  Meadow                                                              
Lakes, as Veterans' Way."                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
1:08:44 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  WES KELLER,  Alaska  State  Legislature, as  prime                                                              
sponsor,  stated  that  HB  226 offers  an  opportunity  to  honor                                                              
veterans by naming a thoroughfare Veterans' Way.                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
1:09:27 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  MUNOZ  moved  to   adopt  the  proposed  committee                                                              
substitute  for HB  226, labeled  26-LS0830\S,  Kane, 2/22/10,  as                                                              
the working  document.   There being no  objection, Version  S was                                                              
before the committee.                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
1:09:42 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  KELLER stated that  he is  proud of the  military.                                                              
He remarked that  veterans have sacrificed for our  country and he                                                              
thought  it  was  fitting  to  rename   a  portion  of  a  roadway                                                              
"Veterans' Way."   The expansion  of the valley projects  resulted                                                              
in an east  to west roadway  with three different names,  which is                                                              
confusing to residents  and motorists.  The road  is called Bogard                                                              
Road, Seldon  Road, and East Colony  School Road.  He  referred to                                                              
a map  in members' packets with  the Parks Highway  highlighted in                                                              
orange, depicting the  Parks Highway on the south  and connects to                                                              
the Glenn Highway.   The Parks highway continues  through Wasilla,                                                              
with a  cutoff that  connects to Glenallen,  and north  to Houston                                                              
and to points  beyond.  He referred to the  Wasilla-Palmer Highway                                                              
and remarked that  it can currently take motorists  a half hour to                                                              
traverse the seven  mile portion of the roadway.   He related that                                                              
the Bogard Road  project when completed will connect  to the Glenn                                                              
Highway and  will become the proposed  Veterans' Way.   The map in                                                              
members'  packets, which  is highlighted  in  pink, starting  from                                                              
the left, indicates  Trunk Road, Seward Meridian  Highway, Lucille                                                              
Road, and Church  Roads.  While the project is  not yet completed,                                                              
the final  road will  become a  major thoroughfare.   He  recently                                                              
visited businesses  along  the area and  people were  enthusiastic                                                              
about the name change.   He did not receive any  negative comments                                                              
on renaming  the road.  He  explained that the  proposed committee                                                              
substitute,   Version  S,   would   help   clarify  the   physical                                                              
description  of the  proposed roadway  since a  portion of  Bogard                                                              
Road  that  is  not  intended  to  be  renamed  was  inadvertently                                                              
included in the bill.                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
1:13:30 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR  P. WILSON  related her  understanding that  the pink  lines                                                              
depicted on the map are not current thoroughfares.                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE KELLER  answered that  Trunk Road is  an historical                                                              
road, but  the road is  currently a winding  and narrow road.   He                                                              
explained that Seward  Meridian connects to Bogard  Road, which is                                                              
projected to connect  to the proposed Veterans' Way.   Lucille and                                                              
Church  Roads both  connect to  the  proposed Veterans'  Way.   In                                                              
further response to  Chair P. Wilson, he agreed  that the proposed                                                              
Veterans'  Way  is  depicted  in  green on  the  map  in  members'                                                              
packets.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
1:14:37 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  MUNOZ pointed out  a portion  of Bogard  Road will                                                              
continue  to be named  Bogard Road,  but she  noticed that  Seldon                                                              
Road is  replaced.   She related  that sometimes  changing  a name                                                              
can cause problems since the families may object.                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  KELLER agreed.   He  stated that  Seldon Road  was                                                              
named  in the  last five  years  and the  road was  named after  a                                                              
novel.                                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
1:15:42 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE T. WILSON  asked whether it is confusing  to name a                                                              
portion of the road.                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  KELLER  explained  that renaming  the  road  would                                                              
actually  resolve the  confusion.   He stated  that the road  name                                                              
changes  from East  Colony  Way  to Bogard  Road  to Seldon  Road.                                                              
This entire  stretch is proposed  to be  named Veterans' Way.   He                                                              
maintained it is  very confusing to motorists now.   Additionally,                                                              
describing   driving  instructions   to   people   can  be   quite                                                              
challenging, he stated.                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
1:16:47 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  PETERSEN  asked  whether  part of  the  road  will                                                              
continue to be Bogard Road.                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  KELLER explained  that the  bill would rename  the                                                              
east  to west  portion of  Bogard  Road, but  the existing  Bogard                                                              
Road  between Valley  Country Store  at the  intersection of  East                                                              
Grumman Circle to  Main Street to Wasilla Main  Street will remain                                                              
Bogard Road.                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
1:18:03 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MARY  SIROKY, Legislative  Liaison,  Office  of the  Commissioner,                                                              
Department  of   Transportation  &  Public   Facilities  (DOT&PF),                                                              
explained that  the DOT&PF does  not have any issue  with renaming                                                              
the road  and views  it as  a policy  call.   She referred  to the                                                              
DOT&PF  fiscal  note  and  attached plan  for  signage  along  the                                                              
proposed  Veterans' Way.    The total  cost  for the  88 signs  is                                                              
anticipated  to  be  $32,000.   She  reminded  members  that  both                                                              
directions  need   signage  at  intersections.     Since  this  is                                                              
designated as an  historic road, some additional  brown signs will                                                              
indicate the historic highway.                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
1:20:06 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE   JOHANSEN  asked   whether  the   signs  will   be                                                              
manufactured  by  the DOT&PF.    He  inquired  as to  whether  the                                                              
DOT&PF is manufacturing all its signs.                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
MS. SIROKY related  that the DOT&PF has the capability  to produce                                                              
signs and by producing the signs in-house will save $15,000.                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MS.  SIROKY, in  response  to Representative  Johansen,  explained                                                              
the she has  not been to the  sign shop but understood  the DOT&PF                                                              
buys the steel  and has the ability  to do lettering.   In further                                                              
response to Representative  Johansen, she stated that  she was not                                                              
certain how  long the  DOT&PF has been  making signs,  but related                                                              
that it is not a new activity.                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  JOHANSEN  recalled  asking  whether  DOT&PF  could                                                              
make signs last  year.  He recalled the fiscal note  for signs for                                                              
the  Joe  C.  Williams Coastal  Trail  in  Ketchikan,  which  were                                                              
expensive.     He   expressed  concern   about  the   department's                                                              
inconsistency.                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
1:22:06 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR P. WILSON asked who actually makes the in-house signs.                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MS. SIROKY  answered that  she was  unsure.   She also  offered to                                                              
review the fiscal  note and to research Representative  Johansen's                                                              
concern.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE JOHANSEN  asked who decides whether  the signs will                                                              
be made  internally or by  the private sector.   He would  like to                                                              
know who  makes the  decision on  which signs  will be  contracted                                                              
out.                                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
MS.  SIROKY recalled  that the  DOT&PF's staff  prepared the  cost                                                              
estimates and she listed the one that was less costly.                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE JOHANSEN  remarked that the $15,000  in savings can                                                              
add up.                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  T. WILSON  asked  whether the  88 signs  currently                                                              
being used would be recycled.                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
MS. SIROKY offered to find out.                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
1:25:01 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
DALLAS  MASSIE,   American  Legion   Post  35,  stated   that  his                                                              
grandfather obtained  his citizenship by serving  during World War                                                              
I.   Additionally,  his wife's  grandfather also  served in  World                                                              
War  I.   Both  fathers served  in  World War  II  in the  Pacific                                                              
Theatre.   He is a  Vietnam era  veteran and his  oldest son  is a                                                              
veteran  of the  First  Gulf  War.   He  testified  in support  of                                                              
HB 226 and urged members to support the bill.                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
ROBERT J. BRYANT,  Valley Veterans Council, stated  that he served                                                              
in both  Gulf Wars.   He supported HB  226 and related  this would                                                              
be a wonderful way to honor all veterans.                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
NOEL  WOODS stated  that he  has been  a 65-year  resident of  the                                                              
Matanuska-Susitna Valley  and is a  Korean War veteran.   He said,                                                              
"Go ahead with this.  It sounds great."                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
JEAN WOODS stated  that she wears a "gold star" and  a "blue star"                                                              
because she  has veterans  in her  family.   She related  that her                                                              
two  sons have  served  their country.   This  good  way to  honor                                                              
veterans  who keep  us  "the  land of  the  free,  because of  the                                                              
brave," she said.                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
YUKON DON TANNER  explained that he has been in  Alaska since 1959                                                              
and  served  his   country  from  1969-1972,  then   came  to  the                                                              
Matanuska-Susitna  Valley.  His  two sons  are navy veterans  that                                                              
also reside  in the Matanuska-Susitna  valley.  He  explained that                                                              
the   idea  to   rename  the   road  came   from  Mat-Su   Borough                                                              
Transportation  Committee.     The  committee's  mission   was  to                                                              
prioritize  how   to  dovetail   future  projects  with   existing                                                              
projects.   The Bogard Extension  became Colony Way  one direction                                                              
and  Seldon Road  and  Seldon Extension  in  the other  direction.                                                              
During the planning  period he suggested the road  should be named                                                              
Veterans' Way.   About a year and  a half ago a group  of veterans                                                              
approached  Representative  Keller  to  introduce  the bill.    He                                                              
urged members to pass HB 226.                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
1:29:37 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  GRUENBERG  remarked that  only  two navy  veterans                                                              
involved with the legislature are both present in this room.                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MR. TANNER said he appreciated the members' service.                                                                            
JEROME  CRANDALL,   Wasilla,  Alaska,  stated  that   he  supports                                                              
HB 226.  He related  that he is a veteran of  the foreign wars and                                                              
served in  the U.S.  Marine Corps.   He  said is  in favor  of the                                                              
testimony  today.   He urged  members to  pass the  bill to  honor                                                              
veterans.                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR P.  WILSON, after  first determining no  one else  wished to                                                              
testify, closed public testimony on HB 226.                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
1:31:15 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  GRUENBERG moved to  report the proposed  committee                                                              
substitute  for HB 226,  labeled 26-LS0830\S,  Kane, 2/22/10,  out                                                              
of   committee    with   individual   recommendations    and   the                                                              
accompanying   fiscal   note.      There   being   no   objection,                                                              
CSHB 226(TRA)   was  reported   from   the  House   Transportation                                                              
Standing Committee.                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                

Document Name Date/Time Subjects
hb 261 sponsor stmt.pdf HTRA 3/18/2010 1:00:00 PM
HB 261
HB 262 sponsor stmt.pdf HTRA 3/18/2010 1:00:00 PM
HB 262
HB226 sponsor Stmt.pdf HTRA 3/18/2010 1:00:00 PM
HB 226
HB226 Backup.pdf HTRA 3/18/2010 1:00:00 PM
HB 226
HB262 Backup.pdf HTRA 3/18/2010 1:00:00 PM
HB 262
HB261 backup.pdf HTRA 3/18/2010 1:00:00 PM
HB 261
CSHB261ver R.pdf HTRA 3/18/2010 1:00:00 PM
HB 261