WASILLA, Alaska (KTUU) - Dozens of residents critiqued road maps of Knik Goose Bay Road at a senior center in Wasilla, enthusiastic to give their input on the future of one of the most deadly corridors in Alaska.
The Knik Goose Bay Road Project is back on schedule after being put on the shelf amid the state’s budget crisis. Citing safety concerns, Governor Bill Walker said in March the $20 million improvement project will be funded once again.
That’s why on Tuesday, the Alaska Department of Transportation held an open house in Wasilla, updating the public on where the project stands.
“What I came to talk to them about is I want a turn lane,” said resident Dawn Caswell. “So when I turn I don't have somebody on my bumper.”
“This job has it's funding and is on schedule,” said Central Region Traffic Engineer for DOT Scott Thomas, who added KGB Road now regularly sees nearly 18,000 vehicles per day.
According to Thomas, there’s been three fatal crashes on KGB Road in 2017 so far, with dozens more in the past decade.
“There's just so much traffic and so much turning, that we get serious crashes,” said Thomas.
The KGB Road Project will be in final design until 2019. Next year, the state is also expecting to begin right-of-way appraisal, acquisition and relocation.
Construction is expected to break ground in 2020.
Officials ultimately plan to expand KGB Road to become a four-lane divided highway from Vine to Settler's Bay.