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Tony Knowles Coastal Trail and Bridge Surface Rehabilitation Project – 2014

History:

The Coastal Trail was built in the 1980s and since then had not received significant trail surface rehabilitation other than basic crack repair. The Coastal Trail is one of Anchorage’s most important assets enjoyed by residents and many visitors. For more than 25 years, the trail has weathered Anchorage’s harsh weather conditions relatively well, but several areas have deteriorated to the point of needing significant repair. Fixing the trail surface is necessary to protect this asset for the future.

Project Summary:

In 2013, seven (7) miles of the Coastal Trail received a surface make-over this summer between mile post 6.6 and 2nd Avenue. The construction was almost complete, but due to winter weather the project will re-start in the summer of 2014.  Parks & Recreation will regularly post alternate travel routes and construction updates on Facebook and Twitter.   The rehabilitation of the Tony Knowles Coastal Trail is funded in part by a grant from the Anchorage Park Foundation and the Municipality Of Anchorage 2012 Bond Funds. In 2011 a one-mile segment of the trail was successfully resurfaced just south of Point Woronzof. The 2013-14 project is a continuation of a multi-year effort by Parks and Recreation to rehabilitate the popular trail. Included in the rehabilitation will be repairing several longitudinal cracks or “crevasses” that present hazards to all trail users, including bicyclists, walkers, runners and in-line skaters. Bridges will also be resurfaced and repaired as necessary. 

Access during construction:

For safety reasons, there will be no access on the closed sections during construction. Portions of the trail are somewhat isolated, not connected to major roadways or transportation corridors.  This circumstance along with its proximity to the airport runway, AWWU’s water treatment facility, the bluff, and the Alaska Railroad Corporation, poses significant detour challenges.  During the phased summer-long closure, Parks & Recreation asks that recreational trail users utilize a different Municipal trail and that trail commuters employ an alternate route.  Significant trail events such as the Alaska Run for Women the Mayor’s Marathon and the Big Wild Life Runs will be accommodated during the phased construction process. Event coordinators are encouraged to contact Parks and Recreation prior to their scheduled event to verify trail status and route. This construction project presents a temporary inconvenience to all users, but the trail surface improvements accomplished will benefit our community for many years. As mentioned above, we will be posting alternate routes and construction updates on Facebook and Twitter; for additional assistance contact (907)-343-4135.Construction Updates:

(Note: older Posts have been removed, if you would like to see older posts please contact Maeve Nevins at nevinsmv@muni.org).

Under construction updates:

(posted 07/24/14 at 4:00pm):

Construction repairs will be made to the southern section of the Tony Knowles Coastal Trail beginning on Tuesday, July 31 to Friday, August 1, 2014 (weather dependent).The trail will be closed from 8am to 4pm daily.

The construction will begin at the AWWU water treatment facility on Hutson Drive and continue south to the Sisson Bridge at mile post 6.6. Due to trail isolation, there will be no available detour route to or from Kincaid Park. Maps will be posted at all trail intersections and on the Parks & Recreation Facebook, Twitter and project webpage.

In 2013, seven (7) miles of the Coastal Trail received a surface make-over between mile post 6.6 and 2nd Avenue. The construction was almost complete, but due to seasonal winter weather the project has been extended into 2014. Thank you for your patience as we work toward completing our trail improvement projects.

Simply click below to watch construction movie: Coastal Trail Fish Creek Bridge Makeover 9.9.13

For more project information including detour maps visit:.

  • Construction Bid Documents - Tony Knowles Coastal Trail 2013 Pavement Rehabilitation
  • Interactive Custom GoogleMap NOTE this map was used during the 2013 construction project to communicate detour routes. It is no longer being updated. (Use GoogleMaps free map website to view and interact with previously closed trail sections by phase; and utilize the interactive map to create your own alternate routes; you can even click on the "Photos" layer to view pictures of the trail and upload your own images). (Use GoogleMaps free map website to view and interact with closed trail sections by phase; see current closure information; and utilize the interactive map to create your own alternate routes; you can even click on the "Photos" layer to view pictures of the trail and upload your own images).
  • Interactive GoogleEarth Map link  NOTE this map was used during the 2013 construction project to communicate detour routes. It is no longer being updated. (Use GoogleEarth free software to view and interact with closed trail sections by phase; watch a flight simulator tour of closed trail sections by phase; see current closure information; and utilize the interactive map to create your own alternate routes.) 
  • Coastal Trail Resurfacing Video (this is a .MOV file) 

    • Check out this NEW video by Alex Gibbons, our amazing teen Anchorage Park Foundation summer intern, about the Tony Knowles Coastal Trail project. Tell us: why is the Coastal Trail important to YOU? (Please post responses on our Facebook Page!)

 

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

Project Planner:

Maeve Nevins

E-mail: NevinsMV@muni.org

Phone: (907) 343-4135

Project Manager:

Jacques Boutet, P.E.

E-mail: jboutet@theboutetcompany.com

Phone: (907) 522-6776