Maintenance shift from state means paving for 5 roads

Posted: Tuesday, June 27, 2006

The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly agreed to accept maintenance responsibility for five state-maintained roads once they are paved in its meeting June 20.

The borough will accept the responsibilities in exchange for state-funded upgrades of five other roads to borough road service area standards. Roads Director Gary Davis told the assembly in a memo earlier this month that the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities had proposed the change after the roads were upgraded and paved to borough standards. That work will be done this summer.

The five roads the state wants to transfer are near Mile 89 of the Sterling Highway in Sterling near Longmere Lake. They include West Drive, Longmere Way, Secret Road, Lakeshore Drive and Murray Lane — a total of 7,000 feet of road.

The five roads the state has agreed to upgrade for the borough include North Boundary Street, Community College Drive, River Hills Drive, Spruce Avenue and Merrywood Avenue, a total of 13,750 feet of road in the central region.

Davis said the state-maintained roads are on rights of way already dedicated, and thus already are considered borough-owned roads.

The borough is not responsible for claims for damages relating to any actions or inactions of the state or its contractors related to the DOT roads prior to the transfer.

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