Photo by Elizabeth Earl/Peninsula Clarion A flagger redirects traffic off the Kenai Spur Highway for a construction project at approximately Mile 10.2. The Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities is replacing a fish passage culvert under the highway, which could close that section until as late as July 1.

Photo by Elizabeth Earl/Peninsula Clarion A flagger redirects traffic off the Kenai Spur Highway for a construction project at approximately Mile 10.2. The Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities is replacing a fish passage culvert under the highway, which could close that section until as late as July 1.

Kenai Spur Highway blocked for construction at Coral Street

Traffic is being redirected from the Kenai Spur Highway in Kenai to avoid some construction in town.

Workers contracted by the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities are replacing a culvert under the road, a continuation of a project that began with installing a fish-passage culvert under the highway near Walmart last week. The road is blocked beginning just past the Kenai Visitor’s and Cultural Center up to the Salvation Army building.

The road will be closed until July 1 at the latest — it could open sooner, depending on how quickly the workers can get done, said Jill Reese, the public information officer for DOT’s Central region. The workers are placing a seven-foot diameter fish passage beneath the highway, she said.

Flaggers will redirect northbound drivers onto Coral Street and then to First Avenue, reconnecting with the Kenai Spur Highway at Spruce Street. From the other direction, traffic will be redirected along First Avenue to Main Street Loop.

The work will continue around the clock until the project is finished, Reese said.

Reach Elizabeth Earl at elizabeth.earl@peninsulaclarion.com.

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