The Maud Road extension and Kenny and Patti Barber Shooting Range are back open after a three-month construction project.

Crews widened the road to two lanes, installed 20 new culverts and added a new parking lot to the Jim Lake area.

A majority of the money for the $1.24 million project came from federal funds from excise taxes collected on guns and ammunition.

The Knik River Public Use area land manager, Travis Jensen, said the old logging road was constructed in the 1980s and was in desperate need of repair.

He said it was important to get the range open before hunting season started and found people lined up before he opened the gate on Thursday morning.

Last year about 20,000 people used the shooting area.

“For the facilities that we’ve been improving upon we can provide better access to get to them. So far everyone we’ve spoken to has greatly enjoyed the new road and was willing to sacrifice the three-month closure,” Jensen said.

The shooting range is open every day from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. except for Wednesdays.

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