Drivers note: Work, visitors mean delays

Posted: Sunday, July 22, 2001

For those planning to make their way through Soldotna streets, time and patience may be their best hope during the Sterling Highway Soldotna Urban Project Phase I.

According to Tim Cooper, a shift captain with Central Emergancy Services, traffic was held up almost as far as Skyview High School mid-day Saturday.

"Today is the worst day I have seen so far," he said.

Cooper said while he and others at CES have had few problems responding to calls, coming back into Soldotna has often been a problem.

Traffic also has been seen as a problem by Soldotna Police.

Officer Shayne LaCroix said the department has received several complaints at various points in Soldotna. The areas most impacted are the intersections at Kenai Spur Highway and the Sterling Highway and the Sterling Highway and Kalifornsky Beach Road.

LaCroix said the large number of anglers flocking to the area has increased the traffic.

He advised those traveling in the Soldotna area to be prepared for traffic delays.

"Plan ahead, chances are you may be waiting in traffic," he said.

But Department of Transpor-tation project engineer Chuck Swenor said he did not believe delays would take more than five minutes.

Swenor said that there was no work on the Sterling Highway and no road closures Saturday. He said the traffic delays were caused by the increased traffic.

Swenor said traffic lights allow between 12 and 14 cars through on the northbound lane. But when there are several motor homes and similar vehicles, only about eight get through before the light turns red.

Swenor said he believes recent delays have been the cause of seasonal visitors, not road work.

"I think it is the summer traffic," he said.

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