What is the AMATS Areawide Trails Rehabilitation Project all about?
This AMATS project will rehabilitate trails and pathways focusing on those which make up the Proposed Bicycle Network of the Anchorage Bicycle Plan. As part of this project, an engineering study is currently underway to improve two segments of Fish Creek Trail, from Taft Street to West 45th Avenue and from Fish Creek Park off of East Turnagain Boulevard to Barbara Street.
The existing Fish Creek trail has significant cracking, root intrusion, differential settlement, and rutting. Light poles along the trail are leaning as a result of poor subgrade soils. Four bridges along the trail show significant signs of deterioration and some have inadequate clearance for creek flows during storm events.
Improvements currently being considered include repaving and widening of the existing trail, replacing the four bridges, and improving lighting. Design is anticipated to continue through 2016 with construction beginning in early 2017.