Lake Street work almost done

Signal upgrades will be done once poles arrive.

Work on the Lake Street reconstruction project winds down this week as the construction season comes to an end. On Tuesday, workers painted stripes on the rebuilt street connecting Pioneer Avenue and the Homer Bypass and at the intersections.

Striping and installation of signs will continue this week, said Project Engineer Jason Baxley of the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities. He said he hopes that phase of the project will be complete by the end of the week.

A new signal light system with upgrade electronics and new sensors won’t be done until poles arrive, probably sometime in January 2022.

“Like everything else, there have been supply issues,” Baxley said.

The new signal system will have video detection instead of loops in the road to note when traffic on Lake Street needs to move.

DOT-PF has awarded a contract to Southcentral Construction, the same contractor for the Lake Street project, to do rehabilitation work on East Hill Road. Baxley said that will get started in the next 10 days, with pothole repair to patch the road for the winter. That project is slated to be done by July 15, 2022.

Further Homer area road construction includes rehabilitation of West Hill Road to start in early summer 2022 and for Kachemak Drive in 2023.

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