A year after getting new pavement, sections of North Douglas Highway between Fish Creek Road and the boat launch are set to receive asphalt repair tomorrow (Thursday) through Saturday.
State Department of Transportation Spokesman Jeremy Woodrow says the pavement settled more than expected atop new culverts installed during last year’s work.
“If you’ve been driving out that area lately, you’ll notice that there’s some dips along where the culverts were put in last year,” Woodrow says. “They’re going to actually be smoothing that out and making it a smoother section of road.”
Woodrow says the culverts themselves are fine and will not be affected by the repairs. He did not have a cost estimate for the work, but says it will be paid for with funds leftover from the $6-million dollar budget for last year’s project.
SECON construction crews will be working on North Douglas between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. over the next three days. During that time traffic will be one-lane only and drivers can expect 15 to 20 minute delays.
- Heli-skiing has long been a controversial topic in Haines. The interests of the industry often clash with people who live near heliports and don’t want the noise disturbing their peace and quiet. But there’s another group that’s impacted by helicopter noise: mountain goats.
- In the Northwest Arctic, caribou hunting has been contentious for years. Alaska’s largest herd continues to decline while tensions have emerged between rural subsistence users and outside hunters.
- From the Aleutian island of Akutan to the arctic village of Kiana, 13 communities have been crowned champions of a rural energy competition. The U.S. Department of Energy recently announced that it will help these communities cut their energy use by 15 percent by training local utility providers.
- It’s costing 14 percent more to take the ferry to and from the Lower 48. The higher fare is part of another round of tariff increases aimed at boosting income and equalizing rates across all routes.