Binkley Street is getting a makeover.
The city of Soldotna is preparing motorists for a new traffic pattern on Binkley Street in downtown Soldotna. Starting this fall, Binkley will change from a four-lane road to a two-lane road with a center turning lane, similar to the configuration of Kalifornsky Beach Road.
The city council determined a change was needed following a traffic study conducted last fall. That study found that the narrowness of the lanes, combined with frequent left turns, were combining to make the street unsafe. It is the city's hope that the new configuration will alleviate those problems.
City Manager Tom Boedeker told the council Wednesday that the city was doing everything possible in order to educate residents about the new traffic flow.
"We're trying to communicate to the public what is going to happen, and what they can expect," Boedeker said.
He told the council that letters had been mailed to businesses and homeowners along the route, informing them of the city's plans.
Work is expected to begin soon in order to let drivers become accustomed to the new traffic pattern before winter sets in. Boedeker said he is confident the work would be completed in time.
"Weather permitting, we should be able to get this done," he said.
Drawings of the new street configuration can be viewed at City Hall or the Soldotna Library. Residents with any additional questions can call the city at 262-9107.
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