Governor’s Budget Tightened, Kenai Roads Still Funded

first_imgFacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Local roads will receive state funding, despite ever-tightening budgets. Governor Bill Walker pared down the state’s capital budget, but left two projects in for Kenai. Koch: “There are two items that are a specific benefit to the city of Kenai. They’re both transportation projects so the money would go to the State Department of Transportation. One is $2 million for the Beaver Loop Road reconstruction project, and that’s not a surprise. It’s a $16 million project and this year they’ll spend $2 million on their design work, so it supports that ongoing project.” The second project was a surprise… City Manager Rick Koch…center_img The DOT has been working on the pre-design and design work for the highway since last summer. Koch said it’s likely the widening of the road would start on the Soldotna end of the highway, where traffic is a more pressing concern, and improved lighting would begin on the Kenai end, where there are more moose-vehicle accidents. Koch: “There was $5 million for the Kenai Spur Highway reconstruction, the area between Soldotna and Kenai that’s currently a two-lane. That’ll go to a 5-lane. Three years ago there was a state general obligation bond that was approved by the voters and it was $20 million for the same project. The cost estimate for the project I think is $43 million from DOT, so at $20 million, they were $23 million short. So this $5 million appropriate would now provide for $25 million worth of funding, so we’re getting closer.”last_img

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