Glenn resurfacing, Yosemite Drive project underway

Sunday, May 28, 2017 - 09:13
  • Star photo by Matt Tunseth Construction crews pave the Peters Creek bridge across the Glenn Highway on Saturday, May 13, 2017.

This year, summer construction season means new pavement for the Glenn Highway, from Airport Heights to Eklutna.

Crews are currently working to resurface the highway in two phases, according to Shannon McCarthy, a spokeswoman for the Alaska Department of Transportation. Work between Hiland Road and Eklutna is ongoing, she said. Work on a separate section of highway – from Airport Heights in Anchorage to Hiland Road – is expected to begin in June.

The highway was last resurfaced seven years ago, McCarthy said. Since then, hundreds of thousands of tires have worn deep grooves into the pavement, which is also pock marked with pot holes. Studded tires, high speeds and freezing temperatures contribute to the damage, she said. But it’s clear the pavement needs a face lift.

“We basically have to plan on repaving the Glenn every seven or eight years, so we’re right on track,” McCarthy said.

To avoid impacting traffic, most of the construction is scheduled to take place at night, she said. During non-holiday weekends, lane restrictions will be in place 24 hours a day, according to DOT.

Drivers can also expect delays when crews perform occasional daytime work on highway bridges, McCarthy said. A bridge improvement project at the Eklutna overpass is also expected to cause occasional delays and traffic detours now through July, according to DOT. Last weekend (May 19-21), weekend traffic between Anchorage and the Valley bottlenecked as drivers were diverted around the Peters Creek bridge via the on- and off-ramps.

Yosemite project underway

While the state repaves the Glenn, the Municipality of Anchorage is moving forward with a long-awaited construction project on Yosemite Drive in Eagle River.

The work involves widening the road, installing storm drains, improving sidewalks and landscaping, according to the municipal Project Management and Engineering Division. The project is scheduled for completion this fall.

Online, drivers can find more information and status updates on statewide road construction at 511.Alaska.gov.

Contact reporter Kirsten Swann at [email protected]

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