• Forecast
  • News Tip
  • Categories
Temperature Precipitation
Estimated read time
1m 45s

Next phase of Seward Highway improvements to last 2 years

By Lauren Maxwell 7:01 PM March 17, 2017

Drivers along the Seward Highway may see big changes soon. Starting at the end of March, Homer Drive and Brayton Drive, the highway frontage roads between Dimond and Dowling, will be closed to regular traffic.

Alaska Department of Transportation spokeswoman Shannon McCarthy said it’s part of the latest phase of highway improvements that’s expected to last for the next two years.

McCarthy said widening the highway to six lanes between Dowling and Dimond will mean traffic must be shifted to the frontage roads.

As a result, most businesses on the frontage road won’t be able to use their front entrances. Customers will have to access those business from a new frontage road in the rear. Tim Gravel, who owns the Kaladi Brothers on Brayton drive said, that doesn’t seem fair.

“I can do my share,” said Gravel. “There’s a project, it’s going to hurt a little bit, that’s fine, I have no problem with that. I have a problem when they say your driveway is going to be closed for two years.”

Gravel is sure he’ll lose money over the course of two years. He said customers who have to wind through a neighborhood to find the back entrance to his business are likely to find it challenging. But McCarthy with the DOT said the agency is putting the project on the fast track to try and finish it as soon as possible.

“This project is big enough that it could be a three year project,” said McCarthy. “But we’ve really accelerated the schedule because we want to impact the public as least as we can and make this project go as quickly as we can.”

Contractors started work on the $50 million project this week with no plans to stop.  McCarthy said contractors will be working double shifts around the clock until it’s finished. More information on this latest phase of highway improvements is available at http://sewardhighway.info/d2d/documents/D2D%20Fact%20Sheet.pdf .

Latest Stories

  • News

    3-year-old sees cop eating alone, so she walks up to his table and sits down

    by Jennifer Earl / CBS News on Mar 29, 17:43

    Sgt. Steven Dearth was taking a quick dinner break when he spotted a little girl in a booth with her family in Panera Bread staring at him. The 3-year-old girl named Lillian was sitting in her dad’s lap when she started waving to the police officer, who works with the Hingham Police Department in Massachusetts. […]

  • Sports

    Freshman Hayden Lieb becomes Bethel’s first All-American wrestler

    by Anna Rose MacArthur/KYUK on Mar 29, 17:27

    Freshman Hayden Lieb has become the first Bethel Regional High School (BRHS) wrestler to earn an All-American title, according to a story originally published by KYUK Public Media. The wrestler earned the honor this weekend at the 2017 National High School Coaches Association Tournament in Virginia Beach, Virginia. “This is a big thing,” said Bethel wrestling […]

  • News

    Tsunami warning system test reveals breaks in communication

    by Melissa Frey on Mar 29, 16:57

    A few errors were identified in the state’s tsunami warning system during a state-wide test Wednesday. This test is done every year to make sure the system is working properly, and Wednesday’s test aimed to reach all coastal Alaska communities at risk. Most people heard or saw the signal loud and clear — it was […]

  • News

    UK begins Brexit process, triggers Article 50 to leave EU

    by CBS News on Mar 29, 16:16

    The United Kingdom formally triggered Article 50 and began the process of leaving the European Union on Wednesday, CBS News correspondent Jonathan Vigliotti reports. The move will end a 44-year relationship, and Britain’s breakup with the EU may not be pretty. The divorce papers were filed at European Union headquarters in Brussels, after British Prime […]

  • News

    New owner, new look for Title Wave Books

    by Heather Hintze on Mar 29, 16:07

    Title Wave Books is currently home to about a half-million books and Angela Libal is partial to all of them. “Impossible, I could never pick a favorite,” she laughed. “It’s like picking your favorite kid, right?” Libal started working at the bookstore 19 years ago, and now she’s the store’s new owner. She’s making a few […]

  • Politics

    Meet the candidates: District 2 – Seat C – Chugiak/Eagle River

    by Daniella Rivera on Mar 29, 15:36

    KTVA invited every registered candidate running in the upcoming Anchorage municipal election to an on-camera interview at our studios to discuss the following topics: Balancing the budget Public safety Introducing new taxes Addressing homelessness in Anchorage Plans for the future We also asked each candidate to submit a 300-word biography, each of which has been […]

  • Lifestyle

    Video: Spectacular northern lights corona captured in real-time

    by KTVA Web Staff on Mar 29, 15:04

      North Pole photographer Sean Kurdziolek specializes in taking stunning photos of the aurora borealis with clients. He described his process in a 2016 series KTVA produced called “Chasing the Lights.” On an outing with clients Monday, he captured a vivid display of aurora corona dancing overhead in real-time. The display occurred around 1 a.m., […]

  • On-Air

    Teacher of the Week: Wendy Barnes

    by James Gaddis on Mar 29, 13:31

    Wendy Barnes learned as a teenager that you should never take anything for granted. When she was 18 years old, she taught sick kids at a hospital in Chernobyl. She said the experience was an eye opener. Years later, as a kindergarten teacher at Tyson Elementary, that lesson still holds true. “You have no idea […]