Homer area road projects labeled

Posted: Monday, December 27, 2004

Dozens of residents from unincorporated areas around Homer identified important capital projects at recent community meetings.

"Both meetings went ex-tremely well," said Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly member Milli Martin.

Martin moderated a meeting two weeks ago for Anchor Point residents and one last week for residents of the Kachemak Bay area.

The meetings were a chance for people to pick important future capital projects, and their choices will be identified as priorities when the borough sends capital requests to the Legislature for consideration.

At the Kachemak Bay area meeting, residents identified two road projects near the town of Voznesenka as top priorities.

Martin said the meeting was proof that attendance makes an impact, noting that almost all of the 17 people at the meeting were from the Voznesenka area, and both projects identified greatly would benefit that area.

The first is an improvement on a 3-mile stretch of East End Road, 20 miles out of town, that serves as a bus turnaround. The section of road needs to be improved, and a project that would have done so has fallen off the state's road plan in recent years.

The second project identified improved access into Voznesenka and Kachemak Selo. Residents said they need gravel at the top of the switchback.

There also was discussion about an addition for the Voznesenka school, although Martin recommended that the school district, not the state, would be the best venue for that discussion.

At the Anchor Point meeting held two weeks ago, residents said that improvements, possibly including paving, of the southern half of the North Fork Road is a top priority.

The issue is time-sensitive, and "the state really needs to be acting on that," Martin said.

Anchor Point residents also recommended improvements to pedestrian safety trails be added to the list of capital projects.

One, the ABC Community Trail, connects Chapman School to the Anchor Point Beach, she said. Another, running along the North Fork Road, crosses a bridge at the Anchor River.

The community wants that bridge to be safer for pedestrians, Martin said.

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