Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Under Construction: 3 Roundabouts On Huffman Between New, Old Seward Hwy
Engineers project the roadway makeover will be completed by the first week of September.
A portion of Huffman Road is shut down and it will stay that way for the next eight weeks. The state is replacing traffic lights between the Old and New Seward highways on Huffman with three new roundabouts.
One of the new roundabouts will be located at Brandon Road so that traffic can flow more easily into the businesses lining each side of Huffman. Two more roundabouts will go by the entrance to the New Seward Highway for cars entering and exiting the ramps there.
State engineers say roundabouts are working out well in Anchorage and have proven to be much safer.
“Roundabouts, in comparison to signals, have less severe crashes,” says state traffic engineer Scott Thomas. “Traffic signals have a few fatalities. They can have major injuries when people run red lights, but at roundabouts you can’t do that—you can’t hurt people there.”
The project on Huffman will be built in two phases. The first one includes the roundabout on Brandon, which should take about three weeks to complete.
Once finished, construction will begin immediately on the double roundabouts located by the ramps to the New Seward Highway.
Engineers say the roundabout construction should be completed by the first week in September. Additional improvements will go into October. The finishing touches like landscaping may not be finished until next summer.
Businesses in the area will remain open during construction although there may be some detours to reach them.