But delays expected in some spots

No road closures for long weekend

Posted: Wednesday, May 24, 2000

Contrary to previously advertised reports, there will be no closure on Kalifornsky Beach Road Thursday.

According to an ad published by the state Department of Transportation and Public Facilities, road construction was initially scheduled to close the road at Slikok Creek from 8 a.m. Thursday to 8 a.m. Saturday while a section of culvert in the road bed was replaced.

However, according to project engineer Gary Kobayashi, the contractor, Foster Construction, is slightly behind schedule and will not be ready to install the culvert until Friday.

Because it is a two-day project and the construction company is not allowed to use detours during a holiday weekend, the detour will be in place next week on Tuesday and Wednesday instead of the planned Thursday and Friday.

There was not time after the plans changed to alter the ad that appeared in Tuesday's Peninsula Clarion.

The crews will still be out working on K-Beach on Saturday, said project supervisor Steve Foster.

"I suggest (people) take the Spur Highway to avoid delays," said Foster, who added the work will continue causing traffic delays until Aug. 15.

The construction is part of a $4.5 million project to widen K-Beach to include a left turn lane and two 6-foot-wide paved shoulders.

The detour will be in effect from 8 a.m. Tuesday until 8 a.m. Thursday. It will go from College Road to East Poppy Lane, where it will rejoin K-Beach.

"It'll be the same detour that was in effect on the 16th and 17th," Foster said.

Kobayashi said there will be no road closures anywhere in the state during Memorial Day weekend, although there may be some delays in areas where work is being done, such as the Sterling Highway between Cooper Landing and the Seward Highway intersection and on the Seward Highway itself, just north of Seward.

"We have very strict specifications not to impact the public on the three-day weekend," Kobayashi said.

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