PUBLISHED: 4:12 PM on Wednesday, June 25, 2008
Ketchikan paving project
JUNEAU - The Department of Transportation and Public Facilities (DOT&PF) announced June 20 that it began advertising the Ketchikan area-wide paving project Tuesday.

The project is designed to rehabilitate the pavement along a stretch of Tongass Avenue and North Point Higgins Road. The project is under coordination by the department's maintenance program to restore a smooth riding surface for the public, reduce maintenance efforts on patching, and to aid winter snow removal.

"The Tongass Avenue work will repair areas of deteriorating pavement from the fire station to the hospital by grinding off the top of the existing pavement and repaving with hot mix asphalt concrete pavement," said Chad Howard, DOT&PF engineering manager for Southeast Region.

Work at North Point Higgins Road will begin at North Tongass Highway and extend to the entrance of Point Higgins Elementary School. The existing pavement within the driving lanes will be removed and repaved with hot mix asphalt concrete pavement.

According to Howard, the bid opening is slated for 2 p.m. July 1 in Juneau, and work is expected to begin in early August.

"The selected contractor will provide traffic revision and project information to the public through radio and newspaper announcements once the work is underway," Howard said.

The project is expected to be completed by Sept. 30.