State Plans to Widen Sterling Highway

Published: Apr. 29, 2017 at 1:01 PM AKDT
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State officials say highway improvement plans along the Sterling Highway on the Kenai Peninsula will result in overall safety.

The Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities showed the latest draft of its plans for the highway on Wednesday, according to the Peninsula Clarion. DOT plans to widen the shoulders from four feet wide to eight feet wide between Soldotna and Clam Gulch.

Between 2006 and 2010, there were 266 accidents in the area, 93 of which officials say could have been avoided with wider shoulders.

Other highway improvements include improved signage, a safety edge and culvert replacements. The new culverts will impact a Slikok Creek tributary, Coal Creek and an unnamed creek near Clam Gulch and Crooked Creek.

Officials plan to start construction in the summer of 2018.