Road construction getting out of the way for fishing season

As RVers, dipnetters, anglers, and other recreationalists prepare to drive to the Kenai Peninsula for the peak of tourist season and the personal use dipnet fishery — which runs from July 10 to July 31, the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities (DOT) plans to step out of their way.

According to DOT’s project mapping website Alaska Navigator, the agency has five ongoing construction efforts in the central peninsula. Four are being suspended or prohibited from restricting traffic during July.

One — resurfacing, shoulder-widening and culvert replacement between Sterling Highway mile 58 and mile 79 — occupies the major entry route to the western peninsula and has closed lanes and required drivers to follow a pilot car since beginning early this summer. From July 10 to July 16, DOT will prohibit its contractor, Granite Construction, from restricting traffic in that area. After that time DOT will allow Granite to work nights, from 9 p.m to 9 a.m Monday to Thursday, until the end of July.

Another DOT project on the Sterling Highway — adding left turn lanes at mile 89.8 — suspended work in June and will remain suspended until August.

The two main routes to Kenai from Soldotna are also receiving DOT work this summer. The agency is resurfacing Kalifornsky Beach Road from its intersection with the Sterling to its intersection with Bridge Access Road in Kenai. On the Kenai Spur Highway, DOT has been starting on a project that will widen the entire road to five lanes by 2022. Both projects will not restrict traffic from July 10 to July 31.

Summer travelers continuing south will have to contend with construction delays. Shoulder widening on the Sterling Highway from 97 to mile 118 will “have no restrictions on the contractor for fishing season because they’re south of K-Beach Road,” said DOT spokesperson Shannon McCarthy.

Although most of DOT’s contractors won’t be able to restrict traffic, McCarthy said, they’ll still have tasks to do on their projects.

“There’s always work to be done on construction,” she said.

More in News

Bradley Walters leads the pack up Angle Hill on Wednesday, July 18, 2018, at the Salmon Run Series at Tsalteshi Trails. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)
Summer races kick off at Tsalteshi

The annual Salmon Run Series 5K races start on July 6 and continue every Wednesday through Aug. 3

Central Emergency Services staff wait to receive doses of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine on Friday, Dec. 18, 2020, in Soldotna, Alaska. (Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)
Assembly mulls bond for new CES fire station

Replacement of the current station is estimated to cost $16.5 million

Buldozers sit outside of the former Kenai Bowling Alley on Thursday, June 23, 2022, in Kenai, Alaska. (Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)
Old Kenai bowling alley comes down

The business closed in 2015

Landslide debris surrounds part of Lowell Point Road on Friday, June 3, 2022, in Seward, Alaska. (Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)
Assembly looks to mitigate future Lowell Point Road dangers

Assembly members approved legislation supporting agencies working to address the “repetitive hazards”

The Alaska Department of Health And Social Services building in Juneau has no visible signs indicating the department is splitting into two agencies as of Friday. Top officials at the department said many of the changes, both physical and in services, are likely weeks and in some cases months away. (Mark Sabbatini / Juneau Empire)
Little sign of big change for DHSS

No commissioner at new department, other Department of Health and Social Services changes may take months

Nate Rochon cleans fish after dipnetting in the Kasilof River, on June 25, 2019, in Kasilof, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)
King closures continue; Kasilof dipnet opens Saturday

The early-run Kenai River king sport fishery remains closed, and fishing for kings of any size is prohibited

An "Al Gross for Congress" sign sits near the driveway to Gross’ home in Anchorage, Alaska, on Tuesday, June 21, 2022, after he announced plans to withdraw from the U.S. House race. Gross has given little explanation in two statements for why he is ending his campaign, and a woman who answered the door at the Gross home asked a reporter to leave the property. (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen)
Alaska judge rules Sweeney won’t advance to special election

JUNEAU — A state court judge ruled Friday that Alaska elections officials… Continue reading

Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion 
Soldotna City Manager Stephanie Queen listens to a presentation from Alaska Communications during a meeting of the Soldotna City Council on Wednesday, March 9, 2022 in Soldotna, Alaska.
ACS pilots fiber program in certain peninsula neighborhoods

The fiber to the home service will make available the fastest internet home speeds on the peninsula

Most Read