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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 9/23/15 at 6:00 pm):

TOMORROW IS A BIG DAY ~ WE ARE PAVING PHASE 2! The Lanie Fleischer Chester Creek Trail will be COMPLETELY CLOSED from the Arctic Blvd. tunnel east to the New Seward tunnel.

Trail users are strongly urged to please avoid the construction zone and stay off the trail in closed areas. You will not be allowed to trespass, cut across or sneak through the tunnels at all tomorrow. The asphalt is going to be HOT, the crews will move FAST and it is extremely dangerous.  

After the asphalt cures, multiple crews will be working over the next few weeks to get the shoulders and landscaping completed before winter arrives. This is the most dangerous time to be on the trail, equipment operators will not be looking for trespassers.  

Stay tuned as we will update you as soon as it is ready to re-open. There will be a celebration parade on Thursday October 29th at 6pm. We will announce details on this event as it will be combined with a grand opening of the new bridge at the Westchester Lagoon.

It has been an incredibly productive summer for completing improvements around our parks and trails. Thank you again for your support and patience. We look forward to celebrating with you all soon!

(Posted 8/28/15 at 2:00 pm):

Due to heavy construction on the New Seward Highway we are relocating the eastern portion of the detour route starting on Monday morning, 8/31/15. Please click HERE for the new route.     Thank you again for your patience. (Posted 8/21/15 at 11:30 am): Segment 2 is now closed for construction. Due to road construction in the area, the suggested detour routes have been slightly modified. We will be adjusting the detour on the east end of the trail as we progress. For the latest detour map click HERE. Note that there is a compacted gravel section, use extreme caution. Thank you for your patience and enjoy the eastern section of trail, as it is now complete! (Segment 1: New Seward Highway east to Nichols Street). (Posted 8/13/15 at 4:30 pm): Segment 1 will be OPEN tomorrow, Friday August 14th !!! The entire trail will be open through the weekend for the Big Wild Life Runs event.  On Monday, August 17th we will begin construction again on Segment 2. This closure will begin at the Eagle Street spur trail and go west to Arctic Boulevard. Construction will continue through October. See side bar link for new detour plan for Segment 2, please follow the detour signs for a sidewalk/crosswalk route. NOTE: on this next segment, we will have detours that go over compacted gravel. Please use extra caution, especially if you are on a road bike, roller skates or skate board. Also, the detour to the south will go along Fireweed Lane is HEAVILY TRAVELED and we urge users to use extra caution when crossing driveways. The north route along 15th Avenue may be a better choice for regular commuters. We now have BIKE FIX-IT stations on our trails! Thank you to CRW Engineering for generously donating and installing two new stations, one at the Hillstrand Pond along the Chester Creek trail and one by the intersection of Postmark Drive on the Coastal Trail. This Friday afternoon from 4:00 to 6:00 pm, CRW Engineers will be at each of the stations handing out free gifts to the first 100 people to stop by. They’ll even pump up your tires!   Previous posts have been archived, if you would like to read them please contact Maeve Nevins at 343-4135.

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