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Danby-Wembley Roundabout Project
Project No. Z634790000

2019 Construction

Alaska DOT&PF, in partnership with Exclusive Paving, will be constructing a roundabout at the intersection of Wembley Avenue and Danby Street, as well as reconstructing Wembley Avenue and installing an adjacent sidewalk.

Construction details

  • Construction is expected to start May 13, 2019 and be complete by October.
  • Crews will be working from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. every day of the week, with brief periods of night shifts (7 p.m. to 7 a.m.) for demo and excavation at the Johansen Expressway, and again during paving and striping operations.
  • Expect heavy equipment, elevated noise levels, and truck traffic during work hours.

Traffic details

  • This intersection will remain open throughout construction, although drivers will experience some brief delays.
  • Expect flagging operations, lane shifts, and changing traffic patterns.
  • The driving surface will have pavement breaks, uneven lanes, loose gravel, and bumps.
  • Bike and pedestrian detours will be available throughout construction.

What will it look like when it’s done?
Check out this video for a simulated fly-through of the project design.

Danby Wembley Roundabout Fly-Through Simulation from AlaskaDOTPF on Vimeo.

Check throughout construction season for traffic updates. And check out our roundabouts page for more information about the safety and mobility benefits of roundabouts.

Project Background

Danby Street and Wembley Avenue serve the industrial area of Fairbanks that includes warehouse terminals for freight carriers and trucking companies serving the Fairbanks North Star area, the North Slope and beyond. The project is needed to improve safety and increase capacity and connectivity in the area as well as increase non-motorized access and connectivity in the area.

Project Purpose

The State of Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities (DOT&PF) is initiating a Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP) project at the Danby Street and Wembley Avenue intersection (Danby-Wembley) in Fairbanks, Alaska. The objective is to upgrade the existing two-way stop controlled intersection with a modern roundabout in an effort to improve safety for all corridor and intersection users. The Danby-Wembley project is being funded through HSIP.

Project Scope

The project proposes to design and construct a facility to improve safety. Specific work includes:

  • Construction of a modern roundabout to reduce angle crashes
  • Incorporate oversize/overweight (OS/OW) truck traffic
  • Improve non-motorized access and connectivity

Project area

Truck Trial

On August 11, 2016 the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities and consultant R&M, conducted a truck trial for the Danby-Wembley Roundabout Project in Fairbanks. During a truck trial, large vehicles with different configurations test the roundabout design to make sure they can easily pass through.

The Danby-Wembley project is currently in the design phase, with construction estimated for 2018. The information gathered during the truck trial will be used in the final design.

The area between the lines and the cones is called the truck apron. It is specifically designed to accommodate trucks of different sizes. This video shows a 150 foot truck using the roundabout.