A map shows the Seward Highway MP 17-22.5 Rehabilitation Project area.(Screenshot)

A map shows the Seward Highway MP 17-22.5 Rehabilitation Project area.(Screenshot)

Seward Highway blasting closures to start earlier in day

The blasting work being done is part of the Seward Milepost 17-22.5 Rehabilitation Project

Road closures associated with blasting work on the Seward Highway between Seward and Moose Pass will start earlier in the day beginning Aug. 21, QAP General Contractors announced in a revised work schedule published Aug. 7.

The blasting work being done is part of the Seward Milepost 17-22.5 Rehabilitation Project, which aims to improve road conditions between Moose Pass and Seward. The affected road area spans from about the Primrose Campground to near Teddy’s Inn The Woods.

Through Aug. 20, blasting work will close that section of the Seward Highway between 9:30 p.m. and 11 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Between Aug. 21 and Sept. 15, the road will be closed between 8:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday. From Sept. 15 through the end of the season, the road will be closed from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Monday through Thursday.

In bumping the blasting work up to earlier in the day, QAP General Contractors said it is trying to take advantage of “already decreasing light conditions.”

“QAP and (Southeast Roadbuilders) do not anticipate needing the full duration of the closures and will work diligently to reopen to a minimum of one lane with a pilot car as soon as safe to do so,” the company said in an Aug. 7 update. “However due to unforeseen circumstances it may result in utilizing the full closure duration to safely reopen the highway to traffic.”

Per Alaska 511, closures will continue until mid-September and also include a detour due to work occurring on the Victor Creek Bridge. Motorists, Alaska 511 says, should expect nightly single-lane closures during the summer.

Up-to-date traffic conditions can be found at 511.alaska.gov.

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

More in News

Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly Candidate Bill Elam waves signs on election day on Tuesday, Oct 3, 2023, in Soldotna, Alaska. (Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)
Voters take to the polls during Tuesday municipal election

Poll workers report low turnout across the central peninsula

Some of the pumpkins submitted to the pumpkin-decorating contest are seen here during the 5th annual Kenai Fall Pumpkin Festival in Kenai, Alaska, on Oct. 10, 2020. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion file)
Kenai’s Fall Pumpkin Fest set for Saturday

The fun actually starts early, as a central element of the festival is a pumpkin decorating contest already underway

Aurora Borealis Charter School Art and Music Teacher Eleanor Van Sickle leads students in a performance of "Autumn Canon," a Hungarian song at a meeting of the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Board of Education meeting on Monday, Oct. 2, 2023 in Soldotna, Alaska. (Ashlyn O'Hara/Peninsula Clarion)
Student serenade

Aurora Borealis Charter School students sing at the assembly during the regular school board meeting on Monday

Bear 747, defending Fat Bear Week Champion, stands on the bank of the Brooks River in Katmai National Park, Alaska. The winner of a Thursday matchup between Bear 128 Grazer and Bear 151 Walker will meet 747 in Fat Bear Week competition on Saturday. (Photo courtesy C. Cravatta/National Park Service)
Survival of the fattest

Paunchy ursine competitors go head-to-head in annual Fat Bear Week

Soldotna Elementary School Principal Dr. Austin Stevenson walks amid natural gas pipes anchored to the outside of school on Friday, Sept. 30, 2022, in Soldotna, Alaska. (Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)
High costs stall work on school bond

A cost estimate for the reconstruction of Soldotna Elementary School came back $13.5 million over budget

(City of Seward)
Police standoff closes Seward Highway

Police say standoff was with ‘barricaded individual,’ not escaped inmate

Mount Redoubt can be seen across Cook Inlet from North Kenai Beach on Thursday, July 2, 2022. (Photo by Erin Thompson/Peninsula Clarion)
Alaska not included in feds’ proposed 5-year oil and gas program

The plan includes a historically low number of proposed sales

A copy of "People, Paths, and Places: The Frontier History of Moose Pass, Alaska" stands in sunlight in Soldotna, Alaska, on Friday, Sept. 29, 2023. (Jake Dye/Peninsula Clarion)
Moose Pass to receive award for community historical effort

“People, Paths, and Places: The Frontier History of Moose Pass, Alaska” was a collaboration among community members

Most Read