Phase 1 Federal Project No. 0221(018) | Phase 2 Federal Project No. CFHWY00253 | Phase 2 Federal Project No. 0221(019)
The Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities (DOT&PF) plans to rehabilitate and improve the safety of the 5.7-mile segment of the Kenai Spur Highway located between Soldotna and Kenai, Alaska.
The Kenai Spur Highway serves as a critical link between the communities of Kenai and Soldotna. Situated between two five-lane segments, a 5.7-mile segment of the highway from Milepost (MP) 2.4 to 8.1 bottlenecks to two lanes. This part of the roadway has higher crash rates than the statewide average, and also has the second-highest rate of moose collisions in Alaska, so safety improvements are needed. The project is a priority for both the Kenai Peninsula Borough and the State of Alaska. The project is funded with a combination of state and federal funding.
For this rehabilitation project, the five-lane highway design includes two 12-foot through-lanes in each direction and a continuous 14-foot, Two-Way Left-Turn Lane (TWLTL). These project improvements will match the section of Kenai Spur Highway from S. Forest Drive to Swires Road and carry the design through Sports Lake Road. The additional through-lanes will provide safe passing opportunities, reduce traffic platooning, and ease associated driver frustration. The continuous TWLTL is anticipated to provide greater separation for opposing traffic, thereby reducing the risk of head-on collisions. It will also remove vehicles waiting for left-turn opportunities from through-lanes, lowering the risk of rear-end collisions. Continuous lighting will be installed between Delta Avenue and Dolly Varden Street to complete continuous lighting between Kenai and Soldotna.
Phase 1 was completed in summer 2020. Questions about Phase 1 can be directed to the Construction Project Engineer, Marcus Forkner, at 907-269-0450 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
In July/August 2020, a contractor cleared all trees, shrubs, and brush within the highway right-of-way and within some utility easements along the road.
The design of the roadway and ROW acquisitions have been completed. Unfortunately, there are unresolved issues with some of the utility companies before DOT&PF can advertise the project for competitive construction bids and get utility relocation and construction underway. At least one of the utility companies cannot find needed materials that are confirmed to be compliant with the new Build America, Buy America Act (BABA), which is required for federal reimbursement. The utility company and DOT&PF are continuing to investigate the issue, but there is not a timeline on when a solution will be found.
DOT&PF is pursuing a 2023 construction start but cannot guarantee it since there are factors beyond our control. The project website will be updated when a more specific timeline is known.