Bridge Repairs will Extend Closure of Williamsport to Pile Bay Road
ANCHORAGE, Alaska –The Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities (DOT&PF) will be constructing the Williamsport to Pile Bay Rd. - Iliamna River Bridge Repair Project this spring. The contract was awarded to Southwest Alaska Contractors, LLC of Anchorage in the amount of $613,790.
The Williamsport to Pile Bay Road is currently in winter closure status. This project will extend the closure status until the bridge repair is complete. Through traffic will not be possible. The current completion schedule for the bridge project and the re-opening of the Williamsport to Pile Bay Road is June 15th of this year.
DOT&PF recognizes the importance to users of timely re-opening. As an encouragement to timely completion, an incentive/disincentive clause is included in the construction contract. However, this completion schedule is very aggressive and there are risks to completing the project on time. Due to the unusually large snowfall this year, gaining access to the bridge site will be the primary challenge.
Users of the road are encouraged to contact the DOT&PF Central Region Construction Section at (907) 269-0450 to get an updated status and expected completion/re-opening date.
The Department of Transportation and Public Facilities oversees 254 airports, 11 ferries serving 33 communities, 5,700 miles of highway and 660 public facilities throughout the state of Alaska. The mission of the department is to Get Alaska Moving by providing for the safe movement of people and goods and through the delivery of state services.