Anchorage (KTUU) Anyone who has used O’Malley Road in Anchorage this summer is familiar with seeing construction crews at work. This weekend, the latest phase of the Alaska Department of Transportation project will result in a major intersection closing.
The intersection at the Seward Highway is being upgraded, including new sidewalks for pedestrians but east and westbound traffic will have to take a detour.
“We do try and pick weekends that are prior to school so we have less impact and we’re really wrapping up this section,” said DOT Spokesperson Shannon McCarthy.
The $22 million reconstruction project will expand O’Malley road between the Seward Highway and Lake Otis to two lanes in each direction and a center turning lane. Sidewalk and bike trails are being built this fall.
From 8 p.m. Friday through 7 a.m. Monday DOT is directing east and westbound traffic north to Abbott or south to Huffman.
“The good news is we’re through the worst of it so for as big as a project as it is I think it will be fairly smooth sailing from here on out,” said McCarthy.
McCarthy says the two year project will wrap up in the fall of 2018.
A separate closure is planned for Muldoon Road. A city of Anchorage storm drain upgrade requires a closure for all southbound traffic at Deben Avenue beginning Saturday morning. Traffic will be diverted onto Boundary Avenue until the project is completed possibly the same day or Sunday.