Construction season underway in Fairbanks next week

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FAIRBANKS, Alaska - The Mitchell Expressway is getting a face-lift as the Department of Transportation gears up for a resurfacing project starting on May 20th.

This project will upgrade the Mitchell Expressway from milepost 356 between Sheep Creek Extension and Geist Road where the highway becomes divided.

In addition to resurfacing, this project will provide bridge repair and maintenance, upgraded guardrails, ADA improvements, new L-E-D light fixtures, and upgraded electrical equipment.

There will be two different month- long closures for this project one for each direction of travel.

Badger Road will also see some changes starting Monday May 13-th as workers construct a two-way left turn onto Badger between Dennis and Hurst Road.

It will also include widening the road, curve improvements at the Holmes/Peede intersection, and updated drainage and utilities.

MITCHELL EXPRESSWAY RESURFACING

Project Description. This project will resurface the Mitchell Expressway from milepost 356 (between Sheep Creek Extension and Geist Road, where the highway becomes divided) to the Richardson Highway interchange, including work on the interchange ramps. In addition to resurfacing, this project will include bridge repair and maintenance, upgraded guardrail, ADA improvements, new LED light fixtures, and upgraded electrical equipment.

Traffic Impacts. There will be two month-long closures for this project, one for each direction of travel. Starting on Monday, May 20, the Mitchell Expressway will be closed to Richardson-bound traffic from Geist Road to the Richardson Highway interchange. Traffic coming from the Ester area will need to exit at Geist Road. Drivers will be able to cross the Mitchell Expressway at University Avenue, Peger Road, and Lathrop Street. The map below shows the official detour route.

In mid-June, if everything goes according to schedule, the Mitchell Expressway will re-open to Richardson-bound traffic and the second phase will begin. During the second phase, the Mitchell Expressway will be closed to Parks-bound traffic from the Richardson Highway ramps to Geist Road. Traffic coming from North Pole will need to travel toward the Steese Highway to access Airport Way. Drivers will be able to cross the Mitchell Expressway at University Avenue, Peger Road, and Lathrop Street. The map below shows the official detour route.

More Information.

· Project Website: http://dot.alaska.gov/nreg/mitchell/

· DOT&PF Project Engineer: Frank Jordano, 703-350-2880, frank.jordano@alaska.gov

BADGER ROAD TWO-WAY LEFT-TURN LANES

Project Description. This project will construct a two-way left-turn lane on Badger Road between Dennis Road and Hurst Road. It will also include widening the road, curve improvements at the Holmes/Peede intersection, and updated drainage and utilities.

Traffic Impacts. The first phase of this project is expected to begin on Monday, May 13. Work will begin to widen the road on the north shoulder (opposite side from bike path), starting at Dennis Road and working toward Hurst Road. This work will impact access to driveways and side streets on the north side of the road. During this phase, mainline Badger traffic will see lane shifts, a reduced speed limit, and intermittent flagging operations.

After widening work is complete, the contractor will return to Dennis and begin work on mainline Badger Road. This work will be completed in three three-mile sections at a time. Pilot cars will guide traffic through the construction zone. Pilot car operations will begin at 8:30 a.m. and will continue until 11 p.m.

More Information.

· Construction Open House: Tuesday, May 14 from 4-6 p.m. at Midnight Sun Elementary School

· Project Website: http://dot.alaska.gov/nreg/badger/

· DOT&PF Project Engineer: Jacob Helton, 907-451-2797, jacob.helton@alaska.gov

DANBY-WEMBLEY ROUNDABOUT & WEMBLEY AVENUE RECONSTRUCTION

Project Description. This project will construct a roundabout at the intersection of Wembley Avenue and Danby Street. Work also includes reconstructing Wembley Avenue and installing an adjacent sidewalk.

Traffic Impacts. Construction will begin on Monday, May 20 and is expected to be complete by October. Crews will be working from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. every day of the week with brief periods of night shifts. The intersection will remain open throughout construction, although drivers will experience some delays. Expect flagging operations, lane shifts, and changing traffic patterns throughout the season. Bike and pedestrian detours will be available throughout construction.

More Information.

· Project Website: http://dot.alaska.gov/nreg/danby-wembley/

· DOT&PF Project Engineer: Charlie Bohart, 907-451-5367, charlie.bohart@alaska.gov

UNIVERSITY AVENUE RECONSTRUCTION

Project Description. During the 2019 construction, the project will focus on permanent striping and electrical work on University Avenue between College Road and Geist Road, and side street work.

Traffic Impacts. Starting on Monday, May 13 and lasting until Sunday, May 19, one lane of University Avenue will be closed in each direction between College Road and Geist Road. Lighting and electrical work will occur during the day shift and permanent striping will be completed during night shifts. There will be additional work on transmission poles in front of Wells Fargo and the Oasis, just south of the intersection. Drivers can expect additional lane closures, mostly for the northbound lanes

More Information.

· Project Website: http://dot.alaska.gov/nreg/university/

· DOT&PF Project Engineer: Travis Donovan, 907-451-2652, travis.donovan@alaska.gov

MORE PROJECT INFORMATION

· Gold Mine Trail Road Upgrade

· Gillam Way Reconstruction

· Elliott Highway MP 0-12 Rehabilitation