The Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities will be clearing vegetation from the right-of-way along sections of Sterling Highway and Kalifornsky Beach Road in an effort to improve safety on those roadways, the DOT announced in a press release. Work will take place along Kalifornsky Beach Road, from Mile 12.2 to 15.6, and the Sterling Highway north of Ninilchik between Miles 117 and 129.5.
According to the DOT release, the objective of this work is to increase safety by minimizing shaded areas to decrease snow and ice accumulation, improve sight distance to reduce accidents and wildlife strikes, and remove food sources that may attract wildlife to the highway corridor.
Trees cleared within the right of way will be made available to the general public with the following safety stipulations: no parking on or along the road/highway; and no wood collection within 1000 feet of any piece of equipment performing the work or associated with the project. Those collecting wood are reminded to secure all loads before leaving the site, and to be respectful of adjacent property owners and the environment.
— Staff report