The Alaska Department of Transportation is trying to wrap up road projects before winter sets in. Drivers should expect delays for the next couple of weeks. In Kenai, Bridge Access Road paving is scheduled from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sept 19 through Sept. 21. That’ll result in one-lane traffic and delays of 15 to 20 minutes.
On the Seward Highway, from Mile 37 to 52 near Summit, DOT is switching to day work in its passing lane project. Warmer day-time temperatures are better for paving. Construction hours are now 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Also on the Seward Highway, DOT is making a push to finish paving between Mile 75 and 90 along Turnagain Arm, near Girdwood. As long as weather permits, crews will work extended hours from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Sunday. Be prepared for flaggers, one-lane traffic and long delays. That project is slated to go into the first week of October.
And a little farther up the Seward Highway toward Anchorage, a contractor is conducting rockfall mitigation at Mile 110.5, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Workers are taking down rocks that have a high risk of falling into traffic. Traffic is stopped while the rocks are removed. Expect delays of 20 minutes. Further rockfall work will take place between Mile 104, Bird Creek, and Mile 114, the Potter Weigh Station, through the end of October.