PALMER — The Glenn Highway widening project is nearing completion for the 2019 season with fresh pavement and four new stop lights operational in time for the winter.
“We’re still working on installing the remainder of the signage, so the actual final permanent signs,” Department of Transportation Project Engineer Todd Smith said. “All the traffic signals are operational and we are working on installing and fine tuning all the radar detection and timing plans on those.”
DOT awarded the $36 million contract for construction to Quality Asphalt Paving, who has worked through the summer with a few breaks to widen the Glenn Highway from mile posts 38 to 43 from two lanes to four lanes.
All four new traffic signals are operational, as well as the existing traffic signals that were replaced. New lights can be found at the intersection of Cobb Street and Evergreen Avenue, the Colony Way exit from the Glenn Highway, Inner Springer Loop and South Inner Springer Loop. A frontage road from Glacier View Avenue across from Tesoro and O’Reilly’s Auto Parts stretches to Cienna Avenue across from South Inner Springer Loop. The Glenn Highway had formerly been a two lane highway without a median, but now exists as a four-lane divided highway with a depressed median in between northbound and southbound lanes of traffic. Smith said that he expects his crews to have completed their work in finalizing the signage and light timing by Thanksgiving weekend. The project is scheduled to be completed next fall with additional lane striping, signage, and an additional lift of pavement for each side of the highway. Smith also said that about 45 highway lights still have to be put up and turned on.
“We’re going to have everything done and be completely shut down before Thanksgiving, probably week of 18th,” Smith said.
After winter has begun to fade, Smith expects that DOT and QAP crews will resume work on the Glenn Highway in late April or Early May of 2020.