Motorists are nearing the end of bone-jarring, hubcap launching trips along three notoriously bumpy Kenai Peninsula state roads.
Repaving is expected to begin during summer 2006 on Kalifornsky Beach Road from Kasilof to Bridge Access Road, on the first three miles of North Fork Anchor River Road in Anchor Point and on the first 5 1/2 miles of Oilwell Road in Ninilchik.
The Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities is in the preliminary stage of the projects, advertising the intent to begin engineering and environmental studies, according to project manager Tom Young.
He said the Kalifornsky Beach Road repaving will involve 16 miles of the roadway as it skirts Cook Inlet from Kasilof to Kenai.
The three roads, which are state owned and state maintained, will be resurfaced with a 2-inch-thick asphalt aggregate cap, Young said.
The state plans first to determine how much culvert and ditch work each project will entail, and therefore how much of an environmental impact the work will have.
Young said said DOT doesn't anticipate any culvert work on Kalifornsky Beach Road.
"There will likely be culvert work on the other two and perhaps some drainage dig out on Anchor River Road," he said.
He added that Oilwell Road has more structural problems that need to be addressed than the others before it is repaved.
Once the environmental studies are complete, DOT expects to begin advertising for bids on the work this fall or early winter and road work is likely to begin next summer.
In a published notice, DOT is requesting public comments and recommendations "to ensure that all possible factors are considered in the design of the proposed project."
Comments should be sent by June 16 to Jerry O. Ruehle, Environmental Team Leader, Preliminary Design and Environmental, Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities, P.O. Box 196900, Anchorage, AK 99519-6900.
People with questions may call Young in Anchorage at (907) 269-0597.
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