The Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities (DOT&PF) is replacing the Wendell Avenue Bridge at the Chena River, with construction expected to start in 2020. The bridge was constructed in 1953 and needs extensive structural repairs in addition to wider sidewalks for pedestrians and bicycles. The cost of updating and retrofitting the bridge is the same or less than replacing it, so DOT&PF moved forward with replacement.
The purpose of this project is to improve the safety and service of the Wendell Avenue Bridge. The project includes:
The Wendell Avenue Bridge will be CLOSED from September 1, 2020 until approximately October 15, 2021. That means it will be closed through the winter and the 2021 construction season. During the closure, HC Contractors will be demolishing the old bridge and building the new one.
Drivers can use the Illinois Street Bridge to detour around the construction zone. Pedestrians and bicycles can use Clay Street to cross the river at the Steese Highway.