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Start of Seward Highway Dowling Road to Tudor Road Improvement Project Means Homer Drive Closed to Traffic

(ANCHORAGE, Alaska) – The Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities announced the start-up of its Seward Highway - Dowling Road to Tudor Road Project. This phased multi-year highway widening project will affect the highest volume highway in the state, involving construction and construction-related detours throughout the summer seasons of 2012 and 2013.

The purpose of the project is to construct improvements to the Seward Highway corridor that will address current and future travel demand and mobility needs. Project improvements include:

 

           Widening the Seward Highway from 4 to 6 lanes

           Improvements to the existing interchanges at Dowling Road and Tudor Road

           Building 4 new bridges at Campbell Creek and connecting the trail under the bridges

           Adding multi-use pathways along the frontage roads

 

The first traffic impact will come from the closure of a frontage road that runs parallel to the highway. Beginning Wednesday, May 2, 2012 Homer Drive will be closed between Tudor Road to International Airport Road for new bridge construction, widening and other improvements. Following completion of the Homer Drive improvements, southbound Seward Highway traffic will be diverted to Homer Drive. The existing southbound lanes of the Seward Highway will then be closed and under construction.

 

This temporary detour of southbound Seward Highway traffic to the Homer Drive frontage road is expected to remain in effect through the winter of 2012-2013. In 2013, the same process will involve the northbound lanes and the Brayton Drive frontage road.

 

The final completion of the project is scheduled for the summer of 2014. The contractor is Quality Asphalt Paving (QAP) of Anchorage.

“I would ask everyone to be aware of the work zones and to be courteous and safe,” said Mr. Chong Kim, the Department’s project engineer. “We will be diligent in informing the public of our activities and we would appreciate everyone’s patience and cooperation.”

A public open house is scheduled for the project on Thursday, May 3rd, between 7:00 pm and 9:00 pm, at the Dimond Center Hotel, large conference room. The public is encouraged to attend the open house and to refer to the alaskanavigator.org and the 511.alaska.gov websites for the latest information about the project and traffic-related information. In addition, questions can be referred to the project office at (907) 770-2612.

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