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Senator Begich Joins DOT&PF and MOA to Break Ground for Lake Otis Parkway/Tudor Road Intersection Improvement Project

(JUNEAU, Alaska) -The Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities officially recognized the start-up of the Lake Otis Parkway and Tudor Road Intersection Improvement Project with a groundbreaking ceremony April 16.

The project will provide dual left turn lanes in all four quadrants and dedicated right turn lanes for the westbound, southbound, and eastbound directions. The project will also install new traffic signals, transit facilities, street and pedestrian lighting, and landscaping. Substantial completion of the project is scheduled for sometime in August, 2010 at a total cost of $ 22.8 million.

This is the third major project within the last four years targeting improved traffic movement between south Anchorage and Midtown. This project follows the Elmore Road Extension (2007) and East Dowling Road Extension (2009) projects.

"This is a great day for Anchorage motorists as we break ground on improvements for this congested intersection that ties up traffic and slows progress every day in Alaska's largest city," Sen. Mark Begich said. "We'll have some short-term pain during construction, but long-term gain for keeping the economy moving when it's complete."

The project's funding came from a number of sources; $1.8 million in state grants, $7.5 million in Anchorage Road bonds, $8.5 million in direct federal appropriations, and $5 million in funding through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

"While there has been much healthy discussion in past years about how and when this project happens, we have all shared a common goal: relieving pressure and congestion at this, the busiest intersection in our state," said Commissioner Leo von Scheben, DOT&PF. "These intersection improvements will compliment the recent Elmore and Dowling extensions and pay immediate dividends."

The project contractor is QAP, with a construction contract valued at $7.5 million. DOT&PF and QAP are working together to complete the project with minimal impact to the travelling public and local businesses as possible. Construction is expected to include double left turn lanes in all four directions, additional right lanes in westbound and southbound directions. The pedestrian islands will be constructed to help the pedestrian traffic. The project will also construct new public transit facilities with scaling pedestrian lights and new landscaping around the intersection.

The contractor will be working mostly during the daytime allowing two through lanes and one turn lane on Tudor Road east and west and one through lane and a turn lane on Lake Otis north and south.

The contractor will be allowed to have four total intersection closures and possibly up to four partial section closures. The intersection closures will begin 8 p.m., today until 6 a.m., Monday (April 19). The first intersection closure is scheduled during the May 14 weekend.

The traveling public, businesses, and neighborhoods will be notified at least two weeks in advance through the media and mailings.

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