Kalifornsky Beach Road Resurfacing & Signalization

Location: Soldotna, Alaska
Project Dates: 2018
Owner: State of Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities
Contract Amount: $8,695,855
Status: Complete

Project Details: Knik resurfaced Kalifornsky Beach Road with 36,000 tons of HMA and added two new traffic signals at the intersection of Kalifornsky Beach Road with Ciechanski Road and Gas Well Road. The intent was to improve the traffic pattern of the busy Kalifornsky Beach Road usually traveled by the public to get to the mouth of the Kenai or Kasilof Rivers during fishing season. At peak season, this road has an average daily traffic volume of over 15,000 vehicles. Intersections are congested and it is challenging to merge onto “K-beach” Road for the local traffic from Ciechanski and Gas Well.

This project had to be completed with a one-month shutdown in the month of July due to fishing dip net season. This created a tight window for the work to be completed but our crews met the contract completion date and finished the work in one construction season.

Kalifornsky Beach Road is a three-lane road with two travel lanes and a “suicide” turn lane spanning a majority of the project. Knik shifted traffic to create two travel lanes while completing the excavation, milling, and paving on the third lane. This temporary traffic pattern had minimal impacts to the traveling public and created a safe work zone for the public and our crews.

Knik also improved the existing traffic signal at Bridge Access Road and Poppy Lane, replaced Automatic Traffic Recorders, signs, guardrails and striping, upgraded pedestrian facilities, and various other upgrades on the six-mile-long stretch of road.