A motorist drives along Kalifornsky Beach Road near its intersection with Cannery Loop,where potholes are patched upon potholes and every rainy day creates more work for Department of Transportation laborers.
Photo by M. Scott Moon
Construction work along two portions of Kalifornsky Beach Road could begin once break-up load restrictions are lifted sometime around mid-May, according to the Department of Transportation.
Gary Walklin, project engineer for DOT, said the state has not yet held its pre-construction conference with the contractor, Quality Asphalt Paving, but expected the company to start clearing and surveying work in April.
The $9 million state-funded project will rehabilitate K-Beach between the Sterling Highway and Mile 4.3 and between Mile 11 and Mile 16.2 near Bridge Access Road. The road will be widened and six-foot shoulders are to be added. The road surface will be paved.
Walklin said Quality Asphalt Paving would likely start work at the Kasilof end first. Some 60 historic sites adjacent to the road nearer the Bridge Access end, and certain permit requirements an archeologist must be on site, for instance will delay work on that end until mid-June, when the ground is completely thawed, he said.
Then, he said, "it would be more obvious if we encroached on anything" of historical significance.
Like the stretch between, which was repaired a couple of years ago, the two portions of the current project will be covered with foamed asphalt over a reinforced base course, adding strength to the roadway prism, Walklin said. The road will be built to support heavy truck traffic.
Some grades will be changed to flatten and straighten the road, he said. In addition, drainage will be improved, and single mailboxes along the road will be combined into clusters, most likely located just off K-Beach on convenient side roads.
Regarding another DOT project, Walklin said the four miles of the Sterling Highway north of Fred Meyer would be resurfaced and some approaches would be upgraded. The repair job is set for completion by June 30.
"We hope to get the work finished before the Fourth of July weekend," he said. "It's a temporary fix. There is a future project that will be more of a major upgrade."
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