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DOT clearing right-of-way along K-Beach, Sterling Highway

Posted: December 3, 2012 - 11:14pm

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

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msjinxie 12/06/12 - 06:50 am
WOW..thanks for the decimation of Kbeach!

We all know the real reason for this massive tree trimming. Its to FIX the previous Cutters crappy job!! They messed it up,and now, are back to "clean up the rest". I NEVER saw one thing on any piece of paper circulated to residents in the area, about "excessive vegitation etc" and their need to go back an additonal ten or more feet from the road! The noise is awful, they are making a mess of what used to be a nice area. Now homes are EXPOSED, sheds that were to keep the less honest out are OPEN. How fair is that??? Last time I looked this was a residential neighborhood, NOT town. I am disgusted for one, because its all for reasons that have NOTHING to do with anything but the tourists and their ablity to slink around our homes in the summer on this new "bike path" we just had to have out here. TERRIBLE job....I for one am NOT happy about it! Yeah and for you wondering, it is NOT Alaska Hydroaxe out there...its the same company that messed it up the FIRST TIME..Remember, the idiots who caused all the power outages last year?? Yeah.....leaving tin cans of old food everywhere, garbage and the lot. Its too late now, but in the future, it should be voted on...I'm sorry. I have to live around this mess now. Bye the way? The Cannery rats that come in to work are going to have a HAYDAY this next summer unfortuately now that all the goodies in peoples yards are OUT there for the taking!! LOCK IT UP!

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