Old Eagle River Road upgrade to be discussed

Meeting tonight at Eagle River Elementary


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An informational meeting will be held tonight (Oct. 18) to discuss planned upgrades to Old Eagle River Road.

The community can meet with project staff, see the preliminary design and ask questions at Eagle River Elementary from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

The $6.8 million project is being funded entirely by state grants, said project manager Dean Karcz.

“The intention is to start construction in May of 2013,” he said.

The upgrade is expected to take the whole summer, Karcz said.

Currently, the project’s design is being finalized, Karcz said. After that, a contractor will be selected, he said.

The road will be upgraded to Municipality of Anchorage standards, Karcz said, and the Muni will assume ownership and maintenance of the state-owned road via the Road Transfer Program.

The project, from Monte Road to Baronoff Ave., started in May 2011. Here’s a look at the proposed upgrades:

• Two 11-foot-wide travel lanes with two 3.5-foot shoulders.

• The shoulders will be striped as on-street bike lanes.

• A multi-use pathway on the east side.

• A sidewalk on the west side from Monte Road to Eagle River Elementary.

• A curb and gutter.

• New piped storm drain system.

• New light-emitting diode (LED) street lighting.

• Relocation of existing cluster mailboxes to Firehouse Lane.

• Replacement of the Meadow Creek culvert.

For more information about the project, visit www.oldeagleriverroad.com.

 

Contact Mike Nesper at 694-2727 or mike.nesper@alaskastar.com.

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