Caution: Road work lies ahead

Posted: Monday, June 21, 2004

Fittingly as summer begins, orange safety cones are expected to be arriving along Island Lake and Miller Loop roads in Nikiski this week when road construction work there gets under way.

Alaska Road Builders will start milling existing asphalt on the roads this week, according to Department of Transportation and Public Facilities project engineer Jason Baxley.

After the old asphalt is ground up, the construction workers will overlay the road, upgrade some of the road signs and re-stripe the new pavement.

"The work should be done roughly around Aug. 15," Baxley said.

He said that during the work, a traffic plan will be in place allowing both roads to remain open.

In total, 9 miles of roadway will be resurfaced.

In addition to repaving, DOT is looking at grouping rural mailboxes along the two roads and putting in pullouts for easier mail delivery and pickup, Baxley said.

Other ongoing state roads projects on the Kenai Peninsula are the resurfacing of the Homer Bypass from Pioneer Avenue to Kachemak Bay, East End Road from Mile 0 to Mile 4 in Homer and the Seward Highway from Mile 0 to Mile 8 in Seward.

Unlike last summer when the Kenai Peninsula Borough also had road paving projects ongoing, the borough has none planned for this year, according to Gary Davis, borough roads director.

Davis did say Hope Road is coming up for bid for resurfacing and said funding has been approved for paving the extension of East Redoubt Avenue, known as Keystone Drive, in Soldotna.

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