An area cleared to make way for the Cooper Landing Bypass project can be seen above the intersection of the Kenai River and Kenai Lake in Cooper Landing, Alaska, on Sept. 6, 2021. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)

An area cleared to make way for the Cooper Landing Bypass project can be seen above the intersection of the Kenai River and Kenai Lake in Cooper Landing, Alaska, on Sept. 6, 2021. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)

Portion of Sterling Highway to be temporarily closed next week

No through traffic will be allowed between Milepost 57 to 58.5, near Jims’ Landing.

The Sterling Highway will be closed at Milepost 58 on Oct. 18, 19 and 20 between 11 p.m. and 1 a.m. as part of the Cooper Landing Bypass Project. No through traffic will be allowed between Milepost 57 to 58.5, near Jims’ Landing, during those times. The closure will allow for three nights of rock blasting in close proximity to the highway and the removal of rocks from the highway.

Project Engineer Shaun Combs said Tuesday that project construction will conclude for the season at the end of the month and will pick up again in spring of 2022. Combs said work to be completed next year will include the installation of wildlife crossings.

The project, also known as the Sterling Highway MP 45-60 project, aims to reduce congestion and improve highway safety along the Sterling Highway through Cooper Landing.

Project leads said during a virtual public meeting in August that the project’s completion date has been pushed back from 2025 to 2027 due to the addition of a new project phase. Construction associated with the first phase of the project, from Milepost 56 to 58, is expected to be completed by winter.

More information about the Cooper Landing Bypass Project can be found at sterlinghighway.net.

Reach reporter Ashlyn O’Hara at ashlyn.ohara@peninsulaclarion.com.

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