Summer 2011 Construction Season will be Busy
Drainage and road improvements on docket
Contact: Sarah Erkmann
This summer will see approximately $70 million in new road, trail and drainage work. These projects are estimated to create hundreds of local construction jobs. More than 60 municipal projects – roads, parks, trails and transit improvements – will be in some phase of construction this summer.
With the 2011 construction season rapidly approaching, Mayor Dan Sullivan and other city officials provided an overview of the 2011 season, and reminded citizens to utilize the online tool, www.muni.org/roads4u, to monitor construction progress.
“Alaskans are used to dealing with torn up roads during our short summer season,” Sullivan said. “A heavy construction season means Anchorage drivers will need to exercise patience. This annual rite of spring is always a mixed blessing. The results are great but getting there can be inconvenient. So we encourage commuters to take the long view, and please be patient and plan for extra time,” Sullivan advised.
Other municipal projects starting this year include:
- 9th Ave. Reconstruction Phase l & ll─Cordova to Latouche St.: This project will include pavement rehabilitation, new traffic signals, street illumination, Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) improvements, pedestrian, bike paths as well as landscape improvements.
- 40th Ave. Extension/Lake Otis Pkwy to Wellness St.: Improvements include a new roadway foundation, asphalt pavement, concrete curb & gutter, piped storm water collection and treatment systems, traffic signal, multi-use pathways and landscaping.
- Chester Creek at Muldoon Rd. Realignment: Old Alaska Greenhouse Property. Relocation of creek to minimize stream grades for fish passage and erosion issues.
- Dowling Rd./Spruce St. Area Snow Disposal Site: Project will construct a snow disposal site to serve Southeast Anchorage. With the continued expansion of the Anchorage road network, cost of hauling snow across town to other sites has increased to the point that a snow storage site in the Dowling/Spruce area will save significant dollars in annual operation costs.
- Glenn Hwy./Eagle Glen Subdivision Area Drainage: This project will complete drain improvements to the storm drain outfall west of the Glenn Hwy. This will eliminate flood damage to private development.
- Independence Dr. Upgrade/Extension─Colony Loop to O’Malley Rd.: Completing road improvements over an existing surcharged section to connect Independence Dr. to O'Malley Rd.
- Pine St. 4th Ave. Area Storm Reconstruction Phase II: This project will replace the storm drain from Debarr Rd to Boniface Pkwy. with a larger diameter pipe. Sidewalk repair and extension is also included on 4th Ave. from Bunnell St. to Boniface Pkwy. Flooding has resulted in damage to private property in the neighborhood.
In addition, the State of Alaska DOT has projects planned around the municipality. Its major projects include: expanding the Seward Highway between Tudor Rd. and Dowling Rd. to three lanes in each direction; reconstructing Victor Rd. between Dimond Blvd. to 100th Ave.; and upgrading Huffman Rd. from the Old Seward Hwy. to Pintail St. In addition, DOT will perform rut repair on the Seward Hwy. from Bird to Indian and Muldoon Rd. Several intersection safety and channelization projects are also on the State’s docket.
Sullivan reminds Anchorage residents and visitors to stay updated via the website www.muni.org/roads4u. The site includes road closure schedules updated weekly, project details, detour routes and advance notice traffic information within the MOA. Users can subscribe to a weekly newsletter at that site that will send information directly to email, or follow @ANCRoads on twitter for real-time updates.
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