Tony Knowles Coastal Trail and Bridge Surface Rehabilitation Project – 2013
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.
Seven (7) miles of the Coastal Trail will be getting a surface make-over this summer between mile post 6.6 and 2nd Avenue! The trail WILL BE CLOSED in phases during construction. Please refer to the Trail Closure Construction Schedule for more information. 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 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 (June 8, 2013), the Mayor’s Marathon (June 22, 2013) and the Big Wild Life Runs (August 18, 2013) 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.
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(Posted 12/02/2013 at 9:00pm) All paving of the Coastal Trail planned for the 2013 season is now complete. We will be finishing up a few final items in the spring such as the Fishcreek Boardwalk Surfacing and other minor repairs. Thank you for your patience this past summer. As always, we appreciate your feedback, please send all Coastal Trail comments to firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you and have a great winter on the trail!
(Posted 09/27/2013 at 11:00 am) The trail is open from 2nd Avenue all the way to Hutson Drive just south of Pt. Woronzof Park, however, the 2nd Avenue Bridge is closed for repairs. Phase 1A, Hutson Drive to Sisson Bridge, is closed and will remain closed until the Sisson Bridge at mile post 6.6 is complete and the trail repairs have been made. There is no suggested detour around this phase, please plan your trip as an out-and-back trip. We are ready to pave as soon as weather allows and if the weather cooperates, we should be on track to finish on schedule by the end of October.
(Posted 9/20/13 at 4:00 pm): The contractors WILL BE WORKING this weekend on the trail along Phase 1A. They are working daily in order to finish construction prior to winter. The trail is open from 2nd Avenue all the way to Hutson Drive, just south of Pt. Woronzof Park. Phase 1A is closed and will remain closed until the Sisson Bridge at mile post 6.6 is complete and the trail repairs have been made. There is no suggested detour around this phase, please plan your trip as an out-and-back trip. We are on track to pave next week and if the weather stays nice, we should be on track to finish on schedule by the end of October.Thank you and enjoy the sunshine!
(Posted 9/18/13 at 10:30 am): The Bridge just north of Westchester Lagoon will be done today and the crew will be moving north to the 2nd Avenue bridge. There will be access from 2nd Ave to the Coastal Trail just south of that bridge. The trail is now open all the way to Hutson Drive just south west of Pt. Woronzof. There have been several moose sightings along the trail during construction, please be wildlife aware when traveling the trail. Here’s a great link with a safety video on living with Moose in Alaska: http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/index.cfm?adfg=livewith.moose
Also, a reminder that Phase 1A is still under construction and the crew is also completing some repairs to the 1-mile segment of trail located just north of Phase 1A. This means that the trail is closed from Hutson Drive south west to the blue Sisson bridge or mile post 6.6. Paving is tentatively scheduled to begin next week. The Sisson Bridge is a very large repair project and is not scheduled for completion until the end of October, weather dependent. There is no suggested detour in this area available, thus please plan your trip as an out-and-back route.
(Posted 9/16/13 at 2:15 pm): Phase 3 of the Coastal Trail project is now complete with the exception of the bridges in the Westchester Lagoon Area. We have just OPENED the trail from 2nd Avenue all the way to Hutson Drive! The bridges are still under construction, but the crew is utilizing temporary closures on a per bridge basis. The bridge detour for the next few days includes a very small detour located on the north side of the Westchester Lagoon by the Railroad Tunnel. There is a path around the bridge through W 13th Ave and then back to the Westchester Lagoon (or vise-versa). The contractors are very friendly and are directing traffic. We will be posting regular updates when they move on to the next bridge.
We have another crew working on Phase 1A at the southern end of the trail from Hutson Drive to the Sisson Bridge at mile post 6.6. This crew will be working in that area for the next several weeks and that phase of the trail is still closed with no suggested detours.
The Anchorage Park Foundation and the Bicycle Commuters of Anchorage will be hosting a Coastal Trail Costume Parade & Celebration to celebrate the repaving of our beloved trail. Please invite your friends and family to this free event on September 26th, 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm. For more info please visit: https://www.facebook.com/events/482938995136533/
(Posted 9/9/13 at 5:45 pm): Our contractors from GMG have moved on to the very extensive bridge repair portion of this project. Here's a little clip from today's work. Hang in there folks, we are getting closer to completion! PLEASE respect the closed signs as there really is no way across, around or under the bridges. Thank you!
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 will be updated WEEKLY once the project begins construction. (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). (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 (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!)