It's a busy season for construction on the peninsula. On the upper Kenai Peninsula, there will be construction throughout the season on the Sterling Highway from Quartz Creek to Jim’s Landing. That project is extensive and includes resurfacing, adding signage and guardrails, and improving striping and drainage. Drivers can expect daily single-lane traffic and pilot car operations.
South of that project, there will be construction on the Sterling Highway from milepost 79 to milepost 82 and a half going on through mid-August. The Alaska Department of Transportation, or DOT, is working with Alaska Road Builders on installing new curb ramps and pavement on that part of the highway near Sterling.
Further down the highway, between Soldotna and Anchor Point, the DOT is working with Granite Construction to add slow vehicle turnouts. That project is expected to continue through October. There will be flaggers, lane restrictions and short delays along the highway from about milepost 102 to 160.
On the southern Kenai Peninsula, Granite Construction and the DOT are working on several construction projects.
Throughout the season, there will be rehabilitation work on East End Road from Kachemak Drive to Waterman Road. Crews are constructing a pedestrian pathway in certain areas as well as installing culverts and widening the shoulder. There will also be grading, paving and striping work done.
Finally, there will be construction in downtown Homer as part of the Homer Spit Improvement Project. The work area will extend from Pioneer Avenue to Land’s End. Crews plan to install guardrails and curb ramps and improve signage, gutters and paving. The DOT estimates that project to be completed by June 2015.
There will be a public open house on the Spit project at the Homer Chamber of Commerce, Wednesday, July 16th, from 6 to 7:30 p.m.