While summer usually means fun trips with family and friends, it also means increased road construction that could slow down vacation travel. But motorists who know where to find those pesky orange cones on the Kenai Peninsula will also have the best shot at avoiding them.
Alaska Department of Transportation released a comprehensive list of construction work scheduled on the Peninsula this summer. The following comes from DOT.
One of the Kenai Peninsula's most expansive projects is the second phase of the central region rumble strip project, which will put 334 miles of rumble strips along the Sterling Highway.
DOT expects the project to be finished by Oct. 30, with most of the work on the Kenai Peninsula being done in May and June. The project may be a traffic nuisance, but no road closures are expected.
Kalifornksy Beach Road and other Kenai locations could be reduced to dust clouds with summer construction scheduled in the area. Kalifornsky Beach Road will be closed for two weeks in mid-June as crews work on the Coal Creek Fish Passage. Work will continue until July 15.
Construction of a pedestrian pathway and a driveway about 400 feet east of Mallard Road is also planned this summer off Kalifornsky Beach Road.
In Kenai, drivers will find work being done on HEA Access Road and Baron Park Lane off of Marathon Road, according to DOT.
On a seven-mile stretch between Tustumena Lake and Johnson Lake roads, travelers will run into paving slated to begin this June.
The Sterling Highway will receive resurfacing from Soldotna to Coho Loop until June 30. After Memorial Day, most of the work on the project will be done at night.
Work is underway in Ninilchik on an intersection improvement that will provide lighting on Kinglsey and Oilwell roads and right turn lanes at the Kinsley and Deep Creek Wayside Road intersections. The project will continue until July 31.
The weigh-in-motion site at mile 88.4 on the Sterling Highway will receive some revamping beginning in June. Work is expected to last until early August.
Several projects are scheduled to begin in July at the area's schools to improve traffic safety around the facilities. Schools include: Nikiski North Star Elementary School, Nikiski High/Middle School, Mountain View Elementary School, Kalifornski Beach Elementary School, Skyview High School, Nikolaevsk School, West Homer Elementary School, Homer Middle School, McNeil Canyon Elementary School and Hope School.
In construction areas, traffic fines are doubled, watch for changing driving surfaces, watch for reduced speed limits, be alert and follow flaggers, drive with headlights on, allow for additional time when traveling, expect a minimum 10-minute delay and watch for equipment and workers, according to DOT.
Traffic information is available at 511.Alaska.gov. Construction information can be found at AlaskaNavigator.org.
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