Interior Alaska 2020 Road Construction Updates


We all know there's two seasons in Alaska - Winter and Construction. Construction has already begun with many projects scheduled for Interior Alaska’s roadways during this busy short summer season. Plans include road reconstruction, bridge replacements, surface upgrades, ramp and intersection improvements, round-a-bout construction, lighting and signal work and sidewalk, bike path and barrier upgrades.

iHeartMedia Fairbanks will keep you informed on the traffic impacts and project timelines for the highest-profiled road construction projects in and around Fairbanks, North Pole, and Interior Alaska during the 2020 construction season with weekly updates.

2020 road construction updates brought to you by The Prospector ~ Alaska's Finest Outfitters.

For detailed information on all Alaska road construction projects, including upcoming traffic impacts, visit the Alaska Navigator website.

2020 INTERIOR ROAD CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS - Updated September 5, 2020

CHENA HOT SPRINGS ROAD MP 0 to 6 REHABILITATION and STEESE HIGHWAY/CHENA HOT SPRINGS ROAD ROUNDABOUTS : Road Construction through the season

ROAD CONSTRUCTION through the season

ROAD CLOSURE

On Friday, September 4, the northbound on-ramp of the Steese Highway (towards Fox) will be CLOSED all day. Drivers should follow the posted DETOUR ROUTES via the Old Steese Highway and Hagelbarger Avenue.

  • Drivers should be aware of flagging operations on Chena Hot Springs Road between MP 0 and 1, from Monday through Saturday between 7:00am and 7:00pm.
  • Please be alert to lane shifts, as well as varying traffic patterns.
  • The west and east side of Chena Hot Springs Road, between the Old Steese Highway and the underpass, have been converted to a roundabout.

COLLEGE ROAD MEDIAN EXTENSION : Road Construction through the season

  • No activity is planned for this project in the coming week.

FAIRBANKS AREA CONCRETE BARRIER UPGRADE :

ROAD CONSTRUCTION COMPLETED

  • Work has been completed for the 2020 season.
  • During the 2021 construction season, drivers should expect intermittent work along the following corridors: 
    • Mitchell Expressway, Lathrop Street to the Richardson Highway on and off ramps
    • Johansen Expressway, University Avenue to College Road
    • Steese Highway, northbound from the Chena Hot Springs Road overpass
    • Steese Highway, northbound from the Hagelbarger Avenue/Steele Creek Road intersection
  • In 2021, drivers should expect LANE CLOSURES, trucks entering and exiting traffic, and reduced speed limits during barrier replacement operations.

FAIRBANKS AREA SIGNAL UPGRADES : Road Construction through December

  • Drivers should be aware of temporary LANE CLOSURES at various intersections throughout Fairbanks as crews switch over to new signals

FAIRBANKS RAMP SIGHT DISTANCE IMPROVEMENTS : Road Construction through the season

  • Crews are working at the intersection of Illinois Street, College Road, and Bentley Trust Road.
  • The right-turn lane from Illinois Street and College Road is being reconstructed into a new traffic configuration. Please be aware of crews working in the construction zone and special detours for pedestrians.

FAST AREA SURFACE UPGRADES & INTERSECTION IMPROVEMENTS : Road Construction through October

ROAD CLOSURE

Drivers should expect a ROAD CLOSURE along 1st Avenue from Noble Street to Lacey Street.

  • Crews will be working at the following sites throughout the summer:

o Bonnifield Street (3rd Avenue to 6th Avenue)

o South Davis Park (Wilbur Street and 25th Avenue)

o 1st Avenue & Lacey Street Intersection

  • Drivers should expect new signage and reduced speed limits.

McGRATH ROAD UPGRADE : Road Construction through the season

  • On Friday, September 4 and Saturday, September 5, crews will finish paving the bike path and approaches.
  • Beginning Sunday, September 6 through Monday, September 7, crews will not be working in observance of Labor Day.
  • Drivers should be aware of PILOT CAR and flagging operations on McGrath Road between Farmers Loop Road and Willow Grouse Road between 8:30am and 9:30am as crews prep and pave the bike path and approaches.
  • While crews are painting the roadway, please follow the "Wet Paint" signs and traffic control personnel.
  • Please be alert to hauling vehicles entering the roadway. 

RICHARDSON HIGHWAY, MP 353 to 357 ACCESS IMPROVEMENTS : Road Construction through the season

  • Drivers should expect LANE CLOSURES as crews perform electrical work.

TANANA LOOP and SOUTH CHANDALAR DRIVE INTERSECTIONS & UAF DENALI LANE DRAINAGE IMPROVEMENTS : Road Construction through August

Road Construction through August

  • Drivers should be alert to crews working and construction vehicles on the roads and sidewalks in the project area. Please follow all temporary construction signs.

UNIVERSITY AVENUE and AIRPORT WAY RECONSTRUCTION : Road Construction through October

Road Closure

University Avenue is currently CLOSED between Airport Way and Rewak Drive. This closure is expected to last until October 2020. Please follow the posted pedestrian and vehicle DETOUR ROUTES.

University Avenue is also currently CLOSED between Airport Way and Goldizen Avenue. This closure will last until October 2021 during construction at the intersection of University Avenue and Airport Way and the replacement of the Chena River Bridge.

  • Drivers should be aware of ONE-LANE TRAFFIC in both directions on Airport Way.
  • Please follow the reduced speed limits in the construction zone. 
  • Pedestrians will be able to access the project area. Please follow pedestrian signage to ensure safe travels through the construction project.

UNIVERSITY AVENUE WIDENING, REHAB, and BRIDGE REPLACEMENT : Road Construction through October 2021

ROAD CLOSURE

Through October 2021, University Avenue is CLOSED to vehicular traffic between Airport Way and Goldizen Avenue. Please follow the posted DETOUR ROUTES.

  • Airport Way is restricted to only two lanes of traffic with a reduced speed limit of 35 MPH. 
  • A pedestrian bridge will allow for access over the Chena River during the project. Pedestrians will be able to access the project area for the duration of the project. Please follow pedestrian signage to ensure safe travels through the construction area. 
  • For more information, visit the project website at http://dot.alaska.gov/nreg/university/. 

WENDELL AVENUE BRIDGE REPLACEMENT : Road Construction through the season

ROAD CLOSURE

  • Wendell Avenue Bridge will be CLOSED to vehicles and pedestrians beginning Tuesday, September 1.
  • Drivers can use the Illinois Street Bridge as a detour. Pedestrians can use Wendell Street to Clay Street in order to access the path across the Chena River on the Steese Expressway Bridge.
  • Drivers should be aware of crews working in the project area from Monday through Friday, between 6:00 AM and 6:00 PM.

2020 road construction updates brought to you by iHeartMedia Fairbanks and The Prospector ~ Alaska's Finest Outfitters.

For detailed information on all Alaska road construction projects, including upcoming traffic impacts, visit the Alaska Navigator website.

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