A dedicated multi-use path is in the very early works for Beaver Loop road in Kenai. The local biking group that recently got the cities of Kenai and Soldotna some recognition for being bike-friendly, is now working on a grant through the state Department of Transportation and Public Facilities.
Ben Boettger is a part of the Bike Kenai and Soldotna group. He told the Kenai city council this week a grant would need a partial match from the city.
“It would be from the Kenai Spur, Bridge Access intersection to the Beaver Loop intersection. I’m working on writing the DOT grant on behalf of the BIK&S group. If the city of Kenai were to sponsor the project, it would require a minimum 9.4 percent match. I’m working with the city planning department to get together a cost estimate and see if permitting or other things will be necessary.”
The money would come from the Alaska Transportation Alternatives Program, or ATAP. A bit more than $2 million is available. The grants demand meeting a number of criteria; improving health and quality of life, improving safety for bikers and pedestrians, and of course, public support, in the form of the city’s match. The application to the state is due by January 31st, and would need the city’s support by way of a resolution. That resolution is expected to be on the council’s agenda for its next meeting January 16th.