Borough set to accept, appropriate road grants

Posted: Monday, July 31, 2006

The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly is expected to introduce an ordinance Tuesday to begin the process of appropriating $1.8 million in state funds for local road improvements.

Presuming introduction, the ordinance would have a public hearing Aug. 15. It would distribute the funds to the 11 projects listed below. Where multiple roads are listed, they are included in one project.

· Raven Lane, Eagle Lane, Moat Way, Excalibur Way, Camelot Drive and the Spruce Creek Bridge in Seward;

· Thunder Road and Galankin Street, Ron’s Avenue, Eddies’ Way, Jasper Lane, Lynn Court, Rounds Road, Koehler Avenue, Charlie’s Way and Karen Avenue in Nikiski;

· Palmer Street and Crossman Ridge Road in Homer;

· Juel Avenue, Kenaitze Avenue, Nielson Street and Fairway Avenue in Kasilof; and

· Foster Avenue, Walker Street, Lopez Avenue in Sterling.

The $1.8 million was awarded through a grant from the Alaska Department of Commerce, Community and Economic Development.

The borough Road Service Area expects to use the funds during the 2006 construction season.

The Spruce Creek Bridge project was declared a top priority by the service area board, which has requested it be declared an emergency-funded project.

According to Gary Davis, roads director, an emergency procurement was issued on June 28 for McLane Consulting Inc. to perform the engineering, design, contract administration and inspection services for the Seward project. Appropriation of the $1.8 million by Aug. 15 would expedite the project, Davis said.

The other listed projects are to be completed through the normal annual CIP process, he said.

The borough will charge each project at a rate of 3.04 percent for administrative costs under a new cost-allocation plan that went into effect July 1.

Another road measure to be considered for introduction Tuesday would appropriate a $325,080 grant from the state to act as the local match for federal funds aimed at improvements to Keystone Drive, a collector road on the Kenai River that serves local residences, tourist-oriented businesses, federally managed and private park facilities, and a public boat launch.

Last year, the borough accepted $2 million in federal funds for the project. Senate Bill 231 this year included an additional $3.4 million in federal money requiring the local match. The borough then was notified by the Department of Commerce, Community and Economic Development that the additional $325,080 was available for the improvement project. No further local match is required.

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