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Construction Report: New pavement for bike path along Danby to Johansen

Published: Jul. 20, 2020 at 4:09 PM AKDT
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Construction on the bike path alongside the Johansen Expressway. (Aaron Walling/KTVF, July 20, 2020)
Construction on the bike path alongside the Johansen Expressway. (Aaron Walling/KTVF, July 20, 2020)((Aaron Walling/KTVF, July 20, 2020))

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) -

For this week’s construction report, the Alaska Department of Transportation gave us an update on the bike path repairs that run alongside Danby Rd. to Johansen Expy. According to Information Officer Caitlin Frye, the path was plagued with roots, cracked pavement and in need of modern updates.

“The pavement was in really bad shape on this bike path,” said Frye regarding the purpose of the project. “I think anybody who’s tried to ride their bike in the past several years has seen that. There were roots coming up through the pavement, lots of cracks -- and so this project is replacing all that asphalt and repaving the whole path.”

Frye says that the team of contractors are also implementing ADA-compliant sidewalk ramps.

This project isn’t nearly as large or as time consuming as the University Bridge project is; in fact, it’s almost done. Paving should be finished this week, and the fencing will be worked on through the rest of the month. Frye and the team expect the project to be done by August 1.

“It’s great for everybody. It’s good for me. It frees up our construction staff to work on other projects,” said Frye about having this project be on the shorter side of time. “This year some of our projects have started early and are finishing early, and some of them are going to start later and finish a little later in the season.”

For more information on the Danby/Johansen Bike Path Project click here.

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