Construction Report: 2019 road improvements

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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) Construction Season is winding down as winter approaches. Caitlin Frye, the Northern Region Information Officer for the Department of Transportation, spoke about some of the bigger projects from this summer.

Construction Season in Fairbanks is winding down as winter approaches. (Andrew Hawkins/KTVF)

Gillam Project:

The Gillam Way project still has the most work to be done. The project runs from 14th to 22nd Avenue. Utilities and drainage has been upgraded. Some of the sewer lines that were replaced were made of wood.

The sidewalks will also see improvements to increase safety for pedestrians and cyclists. The project calls for upgrading facilities to be compliant with Americans with Disabilities Act.

Most of the work is expected to be complete this year but Caitlin Frye says some of the work is expected to continue into next year.

Danby Project:

The project that saw the most physical change was the Danby Street and Wembley Avenue intersections. At the beginning of the summer it was a four-way intersection with two ways that stopped; now it is a roundabout. Frye says the roundabout was built to accommodate heavy industrial traffic, to decrease crash rates and improve traffic flow.

Mitchell Project:

The Mitchell Expressway was completely reopened on September 18th. On top of repaving the road, many safety features were added. Maintenance was done on nine bridges on the road. Signs, guardrails, lighting, and other features have been replaced.

Badger Project:

Badger Road was widened from a two lane to include a left-turn lane. This lane was added to improve safety on the road which has a high crash rate caused by vehicles turning onto driveways and side-streets.

Frye spoke about the 2019 season.

"This has been a tough construction season on the people of Fairbanks," said Frye. "We have asked a lot of this community. I don't think there's a person in town who wasn't affected by our construction this year. We really cannot thank you enough."

For those wanting more information on active local projects including Gillam, go to alaskanavigator.org .

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