PALMER — The Glenn Highway is under continuing construction as the Alaska Department of Transportation works with Quality Asphalt Paving to resurface the Glenn Highway in four lanes from milepost 34 to 42. The project’s first phase began in the summer of 2018 and construction is expected to continue through the summer of 2021.
“The purposes of the Glenn Highway Milepost (MP) 34-42 projects are to accommodate increasing traffic and reduce safety risks.” reads the DOT project fact sheet.
The initial phase that began in 2018 involved clearing brush, grubbing, removal of structures and utility reconfiguration. Last summer, new lanes were paved and new traffic signals were put in. In total, four new traffic lights were installed at the intersections of Cobb Street and the Glenn Highway, Colony way and the Glenn Highway, East Inner Springer Loop and the Glenn Highway and South inner Spring Loop and the Glenn Highway. A frontage road from Glacier View Avenue to Cienna Avenue was put in last summer.
The design work for Phase 2 of the widening is complete, but continuing right of way processes and utility relocation are ongoing. An intersection and frontage road at Colleen Street is also planned for Phase 2, as well as a continuous pedestrian pathway along the length of the widening project. Once complete, the four-lane divided highway with depressed median will feature traffic signals and a pedestrian pathway in an effort to decongest one of Alaska’s most traveled stretches of road.