Tony Knowles Coastal Trail and Bridge Surface Rehabilitation Project – Completed 2014
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 was necessary to protect this asset for the future.
The rehabilitation of the Tony Knowles Coastal Trail Improvement Project was funded in part by a grant from the Anchorage Park Foundation and the Municipality of Anchorage 2012 Park 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. Seven (7) miles of the Coastal Trail received a major surface and drainage makeover between mile post 6.6 and 2nd Avenue in 2013-14. Included in the rehabilitation was the "dig-out" of sub-surface material needed to repair several longitudinal cracks or “crevasses” that presented significant hazards to all trail users, including bicyclists, walkers, runners and in-line skaters.
All the trail bridges were either resurfaced, repaired and/or replaced, as feasible. The trail bridge replacement project continues to be a Department priority with annual repair/replacement as determined by an engineer-based priority trail bridge assessment.
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