As you probably know by now, Johns Road (from Klatt Road to High View Drive) is slated for reconstruction in 2013. The state DOT & PF held an Open House Construction Update on December 13th at Oceanview Elementary School to provide all of us in the neighborhood with the latest information. If you weren’t there, a copy of the Open House Project Status Handout is below. A recent project addition includes an extension of the road improvements to include the short, but rough section of High View Drive from Johns Road to Oceanview Drive.
Johns Road is state owned, but city maintained (snow plowing and minor repairs). Therefore, it’s the Alaska State DOT that is handling the reconstruction, not the MOA. Per the Sean Holland, PE, the project manager, the intent is to begin construction sometime in mid-May to mid-June of 2013 and complete the work 3 to 3 1/2 months later. That’s Johns Road only, not the Johns/Klatt intersection. Obviously there will be road access restrictions on Johns Road during the reconstruction, but the goal is for people living on Johns Road to have continued vehicle access to their homes. There will be road access for everyone else almost all of the time, although it’s likely to be single lane access in some areas, depending on what construction is taking place at the time. The plan is to resurface the upper end of Johns Road, while the lower portion will be totally redone to eliminate the various heaves, dips and undulations. Plan on delays and alternate routes next summer. It’ll be a pain, but we’ll all enjoy the improvements once the work is completed.
$4,000,000 in additional funding has been approved for safety improvements at the intersection of Johns Road and Klatt Road as well. We’re probably looking at the summer of 2014 or 2015 before the Johns/Klatt intersection construction gets underway since the design phase is just beginning. Standby for more updates on that project as time goes on.