(ANCHORAGE, Alaska) – The Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities (ADOT&PF) will begin construction this week on a new three-lane portion of the Glenn Highway extending from Hiland Road to Artillery Road.
The design/build project is the first phase of a long-range improvement plan to increase highway capacity. Included in the project is a new three-lane section of road, a new bridge over Eagle River and improvements designed to lessen the grade of the steep downhill near Eagle River, also known as “Brake Light Hill.”
“The Department recognizes that the Glenn Highway corridor is an important transportation link, not just for Southcentral residents, but for Alaskans bound for areas beyond.” said Rob Campbell, ADOT&PF central region director. “This project will improve driving conditions for everyone traveling the road.”
The $42.5 million project was developed with state funding, allowing ADOT&PF to design and move the project into construction in just over 12 months. The project is scheduled for completion in 2015.
Over 52,000 vehicles use the Glenn Highway every day, serving commuters, visitors and commercial traffic. The highway is often congested during peak hours, prompting delays, inducing driver frustration and producing conditions that contribute to vehicle crashes.
The Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities oversees 237 airports, 10 ferries serving 35 communities, more than 5,600 miles of highway and 776 public facilities throughout the state of Alaska. The mission of the department is to “Keep Alaska Moving through service and infrastructure.”
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