Construction has started on a project to expand the Glenn Highway through Palmer.

Crews began ripping out concrete medians this week. They’re also finishing up on utility work from last fall that includes relocating power and telephone lines.

Project engineer Todd Smith said for the first phase of the mile 34 to 42 project, the crew will begin on the north side of Palmer near Arctic Avenue and work their way toward Inner Springer Loop.

The expansion will widen the Glenn to a four-lane, divided highway with a depressed median and a nearby frontage road. Long-term plans also call for a bike path.

First phase construction is expected to be completed in 2020.

“Building the new embankment for those additional lanes, widening the intersections in downtown Palmer and doing the underground storm drain and water line work will be this year. We will have some paving this year,” Smith said. “We’ve reserved half of next season to put the final lift of paving on the roadway and finish striping and beautification efforts.”

The Department of Transportation is hosting an open house on Wednesday, April 24 to discuss the project and answer people’s questions. The meeting is from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Train Depot in Palmer.

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