Chris Miller replaces a customer's winter tires with summer rubber Wednesday at Alyeska Sales & Service in Kenai. Motorists don't have long to make the switch.
Photo by M. Scott Moon
As the deadline approaches for removing studded tires from cars and trucks, wintertime damage to Kenai Peninsula roads, largely attributed to the metal studs, is surfacing.
Already slated for some improvements and resurfacing is a 16-mile section of Kalifornsky Beach Road, which has deep ruts in the pavement, apparently caused by studded tires.
Parts of the Sterling Highway outside of Soldotna also are rutted.
The Kenai Peninsula Borough roads department has a number of projects out for bid already, although none is directly linked to studded tire damage.
The Spruce Creek bridge in Seward needs to be rebuilt or replaced, according to the borough roads office.
“We did some temporary repair work (on the bridge), but the decking is deteriorating and needs to be replaced,” said Angie Richardson, roads administrative assistant.
The Grouse Creek bridge in Seward also needs to be replaced.
In Sterling, Jim Dahler Road is going to be put into the public right of way rather than being in restricted access. It will also be widened, with some ditching and culvert work being done as well, according to Richardson.
South of Soldotna, the LaCross Way approach to the Sterling Highway will be relocated, and three roads near Reflection Lake Brewer Road, Mallette Avenue and Auburn Court are being put into the right of way and upgraded with drainage culverts being installed.
In Homer, Hutler Road, which was heavily used and damaged during wildland fire fighting activity last summer, is going to be repaired. Yukon Street and Saber Avenue also will be put into the right of way and repaired.
A section of the Sterling Highway between Sterling and Soldotna, which was heavily rutted by studded tires, was patched a year ago.
As of Monday, studded tires must be removed from all vehicles driven on the Kenai Peninsula.
Vehicles with studded tires or tire chains may not be operated between May 1 and Sept. 15.
South of 60 degrees north latitude, studs were to have been removed by April 15. The latitudinal line extends from just below Seward to just above Ninilchik on the peninsula.
A state citation for driving with studded tires after Sunday is a fix-it ticket and carries a $50 fine.
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