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Alaska wraps up $779m construction season

Alaska is wrapping up a construction season that has seen over US$779m invested in construction contracts.

Dalton Highway reconstruction is among the projects worked on this summer Above: Dalton Highway reconstruction is among the projects worked on this summer

The work has comprised 151 projects in 45 communities across the state and includes a mix of highway and airport improvements. The majority of the funding comes from federal dollars, which have remained at consistent levels in recent years.

Alaska Department of Transportation & Public Facilities (ADOT&PF) said that the projects have created thousands of construction jobs. According to the Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development, federally funded construction projects have been especially beneficial to the state’s economy during the current recession, which is marked by reduced construction spending by the oil and gas industry and large reductions in state capital spending.  

Major projects in construction this year included the Dalton Highway MP 362-379 reconstruction, which is the third in a series of projects to reconstruct 52 miles of the highway south of Deadhorse. Cruz Construction’s US$32m contract is due for completion in September 2018.

Among the other schemes is technically complex project to reconstruct a stretch of the Juneau Glacier Highway, including fixing the highway geometry to provide greater sight distances and safer curve alignment. In addition to activities such as blasting, earthmoving, road re-alignment and paving, the scheme involves moving utilities, preserving a 67-year-old culvert over a salmon stream, maintaining access to residential areas, and providing for traffic flow through one of Juneau's prime transportation corridors. The US$13.8m construction contract is being carried out by Secon for completion in August 2018.

Also under construction this year was work to widen part of the New Seward Highway from four to six lanes between Dimond Boulevard and Dowling Road, including constructing two new bridges. QAP is contractor for the US$55.9m scheme, which will be substantially complete in fall 2018.

Granite Construction has been carrying out the US$54m Sterling Highway (MP 58-79) rehabilitation contract. Its work includes resurfacing, widening shoulders, adding passing lanes and installing structures for wildlife. During construction, staff will replace the culvert at the East Fork Moose River with a bridge and install a pedestrian undercrossing for the Skyline Trail. The project is set to be complete in October 2018.

Among the projects to be completed this season was the relocation of Pilot Station Airport. Brice’s US$20m project included construction of a runway, taxiway and apron, as well as a new building for snow removal equipment and a three-mile access road to the new location.  



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This article was published on 13 Nov 2017 (last updated on 15 Nov 2017).

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