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Road upgrade smooths commute

Kalifornsky Beach Road midsection repaved

Posted: Thursday, October 05, 2006

The state has taken the bounce out of Kalifornsky Beach Road — at least the middle seven miles of the road between Kenai and Kasilof.

The road has been repaved from about Mile 4 to Mile 11, according to Rick Feller, spokesperson for the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities.

Portions of the road from its intersection with the Sterling Highway in Kasilof to Mile 4.3, and from approximately Mile 10.5 to the intersection with Bridge Access Road in Kenai are in the engineering design phase now, Feller said.

Construction on those sections is scheduled to begin next year, with tentative completion in 2008.

“As we’ve seen with the middle, completion could come sooner,” Feller said.

Approaches to the completed middle portion also have been paved, and as soon as weather permits, striping will be done.

Bids will go out on the end portions early next spring.

In addition to being repaved, the end sections will be widened to 36 feet, which includes 5-foot wide, paved shoulders on both sides.

The existing asphalt surface will be ground up, a foam base will be injected and the road will be surfaced with a two-inch layer of asphalt.

Feller said $11 million is already in place for the end sections through state general funds.

Phil Hermanek can be reached at phillip.hermanek@peninsulaclarion.com.



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