K-Beach construction nearing an end

Be prepared to make two new stops on Kalifornsky Beach Road. By the end of the week, two new traffic lights will go live at Gaswell Road near the Kenai Peninsula College, and at Ciechanski Road near Echo Lake Meats.

The new light systems were added to meet traffic demands the road is now seeing, Shannon McCarthy, media liaison for the Department of Transportation, said.

Beyond the two newly installed K-Beach Road traffic lights, the existing traffic light systems at Poppy Lane and at Bridge Access Road on K-Beach will be updated, McCarthy said.

The traffic light upgrades are part of the Knik Construction Company project that repaved K-Beach Road. The project, which began this spring, included resurfacing roughly 6 miles between Bridge Access Road in Kenai and the Sterling Highway in Soldotna.

“There was a lot of paving in that job,” McCarthy said. “They laid 30,000 tons of asphalt.”

McCarthy said the resurfacing is close to wrapping up, due in part to the continued good weather the area has been experiencing this fall.

The Department of Transportation is urging drivers to be aware of changing traffic patterns.

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