Drivers should be cautious of others, construction

  • Saturday, June 11, 2016 7:10pm
  • Opinion

There are two seasons in Alaska, the saying goes — winter and construction.

While winter wasn’t much to speak of, the central Kenai Peninsula is without a doubt in the throes of construction season, with multiple projects already underway or soon to be started in the Kenai-Soldotna area.

Indeed, road work is happening all across the Kenai Peninsula this summer.

For peninsula drivers, that means it’s time to take a deep breath, because it very well might take a few extra minutes to get where you’re going from now until things freeze up again next fall.

When you’re in a construction zone, remember to use caution and follow flaggers’ directions. They are there for a reason — to keep drivers and construction workers safe.

For up to date information about road conditions and construction delays, check 511.alaska.gov before heading out.

While we’re on the topic of roads, now is a good time for a reminder that we’re about to start sharing our roads with a whole lot more users.

In addition to the visitors who are flocking to the peninsula from across the state and around the world, there are plenty of other people getting out on the roads.

Motorcyclists who have been itching for a ride are revving up their machines.

Bicycling continues to grow in popularity, both as a mode of transportation for the daily commute and as a way to get some exercise.

Summer driving on peninsula roads requires just as much caution and attention as winter driving, if not more so.

In fact, there already have been a number of serious motor vehicle accidents this season, and we hope to avoid any more.

If you do happen to get caught up in summer traffic, we offer this advice, paraphrased from Thomas Jefferson: When frustrated with slow traffic, count to 10; when very frustrated, count 100.

We wish safe travels to everyone this spring and summer.

Whether you’re traveling by motor vehicle or human power, learn and follow the rules of the road. Remember, a little courtesy and patience go a long way in making sure everybody gets where they’re going, and it’s better to get there late than not to get there at all.

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