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Paving project out for bid on K-Beach

Posted: Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Reconstruction and widening of two portions of Kalifornsky Beach Road likely won't begin in earnest before next spring, the project manager said Monday.

John Linnell, who took over as project manager early this year, said the $11 million, state-funded road job is out for bid.

An exact date for bid opening is not yet set, however, as the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities currently is working on an addendum to the project bid documents, Linnell said.

The delayed bid opening and procedures that must be accomplished before the contract is awarded make it unlikely much if any work would be done this fall, Linnell said.

"I would envision the job ramping up in the spring," he said.

Linnell said the project should be completed within one construction season, probably by September 2008.

Two sections of K-Beach Road between the Sterling Highway and Mile 4.3 and between Mile 11 and Mile 16.2 at the Kenai Access Bridge are to be widened to include six-foot shoulders on each side. The entire road surface will then be paved.

The section between Mile 4.3 and Mile 11 was repaved last year. Federal highway dollars contributed to that project, but Linnell said the widening work scheduled for next year is to be accomplished using only state road money.

Hal Spence can be reached at hspence@ptialaska.net



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