Welcome to the website for the Kenai Spur Highway Rehabilitation Project: Sports Lake Road to Swires Road.
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. Lying between two five-lane segments, the highway from MP 2.4 to 8.1 bottlenecks to two lanes. 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.
In 2011, DOT&PF received a $20 million appropriation from the legislature for the project. From 2012 to early 2014, DOT&PF conducted reconnaissance engineering to develop and evaluate alternatives. The Cities of Kenai and Soldotna have expressed their preference for a five-lane highway, as it would best meet their needs long-term. However, current funding is insufficient to construct the desired improvements, which are estimated to cost about $40 million, all at one time.
Kenai Spur Highway Rehabilitation Project construction has been divided into two phases.
Phase 1 of the project has designed the entire 5-lane section to approximately 75%, completed an environmental document, and advanced half of the project to construction. The first phase of the project will construct from approximately Eagle Rock Drive to Swires Road in Kenai. Construction will begin in late spring 2018 and be complete by October 1, 2019.
Phase 2 will begin at Sports Lake Road and tie into Phase 1 at Eagle Rock Drive. This phase will require some minor Right Of Way purchases with negotiations scheduled to begin in spring of 2018. Construction for Phase 2 is scheduled to begin in late spring 2020 and continue until fall of 2021.
Both phases will use a combination of State and Federal funding.
Phase 1 –Eagle Rock Drive to Swires Road
Phase 1 was bid in March and awarded to Wolverine Supply, Inc. in the amount of $12,870,000. Completion is anticipated for October 1, 2019. A notice to proceed has been issued and construction is underway. Alan Drake, PE, Project Manager is the contact for construction. He can be reached at 269-0665.
Phase 2 – Sports Lake Road to Eagle Rock Drive
There are some minor Right of Way purchases required. Affected property owners have been notified. Funding for Right of Way purchases as approved late April. Appraisals are currently being performed and offers are anticipated to be made mid to late summer. Phase 2 design is 90% complete. Construction is currently scheduled for 2020-2021, depending on availability of 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) with dedicated left-turn pockets in the center lane at intersections with high incidences of crashes. These project improvements would 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 would 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 would also remove vehicles waiting for left-turn opportunities from through lanes, lowering the risk of rear-end collisions.
During design, DOT&PF will also consider additional enhancements to improve safety and bring the alignment up to current design standards, including moose mitigation measures, lighting, and drainage improvements.
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Interactive Project Map:
We invite you to view our interactive project feature, in which you can select a point on the map to leave a comment for the project team. Click here to open the map.