K-Beach repairs lack money

Repaving, widening projects put off until funding comes through

Posted: Tuesday, May 02, 2006

Motorists on Kalifornsky Beach Road between Bridge Access Road and Kasilof will most likely spend another year bumping along the rutted, hole-strewn roadway.

“More than likely (road repaving) will not be done this summer,” said state highway department area planner Todd Van Hove on Monday.

He said the Department of Transportation and Public Facilities has a project to pave both ends of the road that has been funded through the state general fund, but the state is awaiting additional funding.

“The project is to widen it and put a 36-foot top on it from Bridge Access in to Mile 11 and on the Sterling Highway end from Mile 0 to Mile 4.3,” Van Hove said.

He said making Kalifornsky Beach Road that wide includes adding 5-foot wide paved shoulders on both sides. The project is in the preliminary design stage.

The highway department also would like to repave the middle section of the road, but so far, funds have not been appropriated for that work.

“If the Legislature appropriates funds this session ... it’s not designed yet ... it will not be done this summer,” Van Hove said.

Some state highway repair work that will be done this summer includes crack sealing and some shaving and paving of sections of the Sterling Highway.

“We have shave and pave planned for the Sterling Highway from Fred Meyer (store) out toward Sterling,” said Brian Gabriel, station foreman for the DOT maintenance office in Soldotna.

He also said crack sealing work will be done on the Sterling Highway from Mile 95 to 103 and from Mile 116 to 138.2.

Gabriel said the state has taken a look at Jones Stub Road outside of Soldotna and is planning to lift and pave the road.

Keystone Drive along the Kenai River at Soldotna’s Boundary Street has federal funds earmarked for bringing it from a gravel road to paved. The project is to include widening the road, putting in pedestrian walkways and installing drainage.

Van Hove said pavement rehab work will be done this summer on Oilwell and North Fork roads in the Ninilchik-Anchor Point area.

On the south end of the Kenai Peninsula, DOT will pave Diamond Ridge Road, Mission Avenue and East Skyline Drive in Homer this summer, according to Van Hove. The three roads currently are gravel roads.

As part of the Homer area paving project, the state also will repave West Skyline Drive.

“West Skyline was paved a few years ago. It has some damage that needs to be repaired,” Van Hove said.

Gabriel said the state has a paving repair project planned for the Seward area, as well.

He said work will be done this summer on a section of the Seward Highway from Mile 0 to Mile 8.



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