April 16, 2005
"Over this short stretch of road passes all the material, equipment, and skilled workers that make the Alyeska marine terminal work, as they have for the past 30 plus years," Murkowski said. "Since the terminal was constructed in the 1970s, the Dayville Road has become completely overworked and inadequate for its current traffic demands. I am pleased we were able to advance the construction on this project by one year, making it the high priority it needed to be."
DOT Commissioner Mike Barton described the project as one that would bring the Dayville Road up to current standards and make it safer for the thousands of tourists who mix with the industrial traffic to and from the terminal.
"In addition to the Alyeska traffic, Petro Star refinery, and fish hatchery traffic, we have seen a heavy use of the Dayville Road by tourists, wildlife watchers, and sport fishers," Barton said. "The road has narrow shoulders and very limited accommodation for pedestrians. The reconstruction will include a bike path, wider shoulders, and wider bridges. This will make it safer for all concerned."
Construction has already begun by Kiewit Pacific, the general contractor, which is in the process of building a temporary detour route and bridges to handle traffic while the new road is under construction. Funding for the project is a mix of federal and state dollars, with the Federal Highway Administration paying 90 percent of the cost for the road and 80 percent on the bridges. Dayville was a small community located where the marine terminal now sits which was established in the 1930s by the Day family. The road was first constructed in the 1970s to provide access to the terminal.
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