Here's what you need to know about major road construction projects

Published: May. 22, 2017 at 2:08 PM AKDT
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Once the snow is gone and the temperatures are warmer, it's almost a guarantee that people in Alaska will start seeing road construction projects.

The Glenn Highway, from Anchorage to Hiland and then from Hiland to Eklutna, will have road construction projects that mainly occur at night. But just as visible and impactful are projects on C Street and O'Malley Rd.

Between the state and the city, construction projects in Anchorage cost more than $240 million. Federal money will pay for 90 percent of these costs, according to Shannon McCarthy with DOT.

"Just be patient with us," McCarthy said. "We have a very short window to do all this work. Obviously, when it's done, the work will really benefit drivers, pedestrians and bikers - just be patient."

A lot of the work, like what is happening on C Street, is repaving deep grooves that have been created in the roads. That project is expected to be finished by the fall.

The Glenn Highway project will resurface 14 miles and improve median crossovers. Costing $11 million, it should be done by the fall, too.

The work on O'Malley will widen the shoulders, add left-turn lanes at major residential street interactions and improve visibility and safety. It will also have bike lanes.

"It was a very busy year [last year] with the muni, in Anchorage," said Lance Wilber, director of Anchorage's Office of Management & Budget. "And this year is gong to be the same."