Tyle Owens rides to victory Sunday, Dec. 23, 2018, in Freezer Food Series Race 5, a six-mile fat bike race at the Slikok Trails outside of Soldotna. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)

Tyle Owens rides to victory Sunday, Dec. 23, 2018, in Freezer Food Series Race 5, a six-mile fat bike race at the Slikok Trails outside of Soldotna. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)

Group looks to make Beaver Loop Road bike friendly

  • Wednesday, December 26, 2018 8:50pm
  • News

A local biking group is working to make Beaver Loop Road in Kenai bike-friendly.

The Bike Kenai and Soldotna (BIK&S) group is seeking a grant with the Department of Transportation and Public Facilities to create a dedicated multiuse path along Beaver Loop Road. The grant would require a minimum 9.4 percent match from the city of Kenai.

Benjamin Boettger of BIK&S told Kenai City Council last week that he was working on writing the DOT grant on behalf of the biking group.

“I’m working on an application for a grant from DOT that would largely fund a trail from the Kenai Spur Bridge Access intersection to the Beaver Loop intersection,” Boettger said.

The grant money would come from a pool of more than $2 million from the Alaska Transportation Alternatives Program through the Department of Transportation. Grants are awarded to projects that improve health, quality of life, safety for bikes and pedestrians and that garner public support.

The grant application is due Jan. 31, 2019 and would require the city’s support in the form of a resolution, which is expected to be on the council’s next agenda for their Jan. 16 meeting.

Reach Kat Sorensen at ksorensen@peninsulaclarion.com.

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