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Project Status Update

The project will occur in two phases, Phase 1 was completed in summer 2014.   

Construction of Phase 2 started on Tues. May 26th and is anticipated to go until mid-October. All major trail events will be accommodated by re-opening the trail for events. Pedestrian and Bicycle detour routes will be posted on the Parks and Recreation Facebook page, Twitter and here on the project web site while work has commenced.

(Posted 7/20/15 at 8:00 am):

We have RE-CLOSED segment 1 from the New Seward Highway tunnel east to the Arca Drive. Please stay tuned as we anticipate completing this section in the next few weeks. Thank you for your patience.

(Posted 7/15/15 at 3:00 pm):

Chester Creek Trail is still under construction at Segment 1: starting at the New Seward Highway going east to Arca Drive. We will be re-opening the trail this weekend, July 17-19th for two upcoming Marathons, the Alaska Men's Run on Saturday and Her Tern Women's Half Marathon on Sunday.

Next week we will begin paving and plan to have this segment completed the week of Aug 3rd. Stay tuned for updates as we will be changing the detour route slightly when we jump to Segment 2 (the New Seward Highway west to Arctic Blvd tunnel). Thank you for your patience and good luck to all those running this weekend!

(Posted 6/19/15 at 10:00 am):

Chester Creek Trail is NOW OPEN!!! Get out and check out the trail this weekend or take part in the Mayor's Midnight Sun  Marathon! Note: if you are trying to access the trail from the Maplewood Spur, please follow the detour on Northern Lights down to the trail. Only the main trail corridor has been re-opened. The trail IS NOT REPAVED, use caution in the compacted gravel. We will resume construction again on Monday, June 22nd. Enjoy and GOOD LUCK MARATHONERS!

(Posted 6/16/15 at 2:00pm):

Construction on Segment 2 is well underway. The crew is currently working on the most technical section from the New Seward Highway to Lake Otis.

On Wed., June 17th the Arc of Anchorage spur connector trail will be closed. There will be a small detour posted at each end of section.

The main trail detour route is well marked with maps at all intersections, bright orange signs that have bike symbols and arrows to follow. We recommend using the north detour along 15th Ave. The southern detour route along Northern Lights Blvd. has been riddled with DOT road projects and includes several crossings.

We will be RE-OPENING the main trail corridor this weekend (6/19-6/21) for the Mayor's Midnight Sun Marathon. The trail will re-open on Friday morning and close again on Monday morning to resume construction. The trail will not be paved yet, but it will have compacted gravel. Please use caution if passing through the construction zone.

The schedule is on track, we plan to complete this phase by the end of July and then move west to Segment 2.

For more event information please visit:

Thank you for your patience and continued support of our beloved trails.

(Posted 5/26/15 at 9:00am):

Construction has started today, May 26th. The trail will be closed from the east side of New Seward to west of Lake Otis Parkway, by the Davenport Fields. Heavy equipment is very active along trail, avoid construction zone at all cost as this is very dangerous.

(Posted 5/11/15 at 1:00pm):

The contractor has been selected for Phase 2 of the 2015 Lanie Fleischer Chester Creek Trail project. Construction will begin on May 26th. The project will occur in two segments. Segment 1 will start after May 26st and go until July 31** (tentatively). Segment 2 will begin July 31** and go through September, possibly into October (**schedule is subject to change).  Stay tuned for more updates. To view the draft detour plan or the final 100% construction documents, click on links in sidebar to right.

(Posted 12/23/14 at 1:00pm):

Construction drawings for Phase 2 of the Lanie Fleischer Chester Creek Trail are now at 65%. The plans are available for review under the "Graphics" tab of the side bar (scroll to bottom of page). The plans have gone through an Army Corps of Engineers review and have been approved for a Nationwide Permit. The next step in the planning/design process is to go through a two-week internal Municipality of Anchorage peer review. The team will be conducting several outreach public meetings this winter to discuss the pedestrian detour routes and impacts of future trail construction on our community this summer. Stay tuned for more updates as we finalize our plans.

(Posted 12/1/14 at 11:30am):

PHASE 2 of the Lanie Fleischer Chester Creek project scope is currently in the final stage of design. A public meeting was held on Nov. 20th to share the DRAFT project plan for 2015 construction. The DRAFT Detour routes were also presented and feedback was collected. The design team is now working on refining the plans and preparing a package for various permit and review processes. There will be more public meetings to collect feedback and share project status over the next several months. Stay tuned for more updates.

    • Parks and Recreation
    • Director: John Rodda
    • 632 W 6th Avenue, Suite 630, Anchorage, AK 99501
    • 907 343-4355