What is the AMATS Anchorage Areawide Trails Rehabilitation Project all about?
The AMATS Trails Rehab project was created to rehabilitate Anchorage areawide trails and pathways, focusing primarily on those which make up the Proposed Bicycle Network of the Anchorage Bicycle Plan.
Currently there are two projects underway: 1) Benson Boulevard Pathway Rehab; and 2) Fish Creek Trail Rehab.
BENSON BLVD PATHWAY
The goal of this project is to develop the improvements for the 0.5-mile section of the Benson Boulevard Pathway, located on the south side of the road between Minnesota Drive and Arctic Boulevard. This pathway is experiencing deteriorated pavement due to a poor trail subgrade section and drainage issues, inadequate sight distances at driveway crossings, and lack of facilities complying with Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requirements.
An engineering study and design of proposed improvements have been completed and the project is soon to be published for bidding. Construction is anticipated for Summer of 2018.
FISH CREEK TRAIL
Two segments of the Fish Creek Trail, from Taft Street to West 45th Avenue and from Fish Creek Park off of East Turnagain Boulevard to Barbara Street are proposed to be rehabilitated. Improvements will include repaving of the existing trail, replacing four bridges, and improving lighting.
An engineering study and design of proposed improvements have been completed and the project is soon to be published for bidding. Construction is anticipated to begin in Summer of 2018 and be completed in 2019.