The work on Spruce Cape and Island Lake are part of the overall Kodiak Area Roads Preservation Project, a $6.7 million project directed by the State of Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities.
“Right now we’re currently jumping back and forth between Spruce Cape Road and then up here on Island Lake Road,” Louis Rocheleau, project manager at Brechan Enterprises, the company doing the roadwork, told the Mirror.
Whatever their cost and timetables, the projects in some areas of Kodiak’s pockmarked pavements are sorely needed.
“They’ve been needing it for years and years and now they finally got this going,” Rocheleau said.
Jill Reese, media liaison for the DOT, explained the pavement preservation concept.
“It’s not a total reconstruction of the road, but it goes in and protects the pavement and puts down new pavement so that the holes don’t get any worse,” she said.
“You know that Kodiak’s roads have a lot of challenges to them… So this will just add a lot of life to the road so that we don’t have to come in and reconstruct them. This is a cheaper process. We do what we can with our resources,” she said.
The Spruce Cape Road is nearly done, but needs another two-inch mat on top of it. Cutoff and Benny Benson roads were also resurfaced there as well.
“Island Lake will be the same design will be four inches total of asphalt by the time we’re done with this. And then driveways will be paved in about 20 feet off of the shoulder into each private d-way, and then each of the public approaches will be paved in 40 feet,” Rocheleau said.
Once Island Lake and Spruce Cape are done, the crew will be heading out to Monashka Creek Road, “where we’ve been doing a lot of guardrail renovations, and that will get an overlay of two inches on top of all that, after we fix some of the potholed areas,” he added.
Also, the section of Benny Benson Drive between Rezanof and Mill Bay roads will get a two-inch overlay on top of that as well.
The work is slated to be done sometime in August and is not seen going beyond this summer’s construction season.
“They try to get everything done as soon as they can, and before snow sets in… It depends on mother nature as well of course,” Reese added.
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