District Update for 6/22/18

Happy Solstice! Last night’s sunset was enough to convince just about anyone (we’re a little biased) that living in the Midnight Sun State is an unparalleled experience. We know folks are out and about getting ready for their weekend, but we wanted to send you a few quick updates on community happenings!


Seward Highway Construction Continues

ROAD CLOSURESandlewood Place is CLOSED at 82nd Avenue. Business access will be maintained during the CLOSURE, plan to use Hartzell Road and Lore Road as a DETOUR route.

Also, Lore Road is CLOSED from Sandlewood Place to Brayton Drive, and Brayton Drive is CLOSED from Lore Road to 72nd Avenue.

RAMP CLOSURE: The northbound Seward Highway On-Ramp from Lore Road is CLOSED. During this time, residents between Dowling Road and Abbott Road should plan to use the newly opened northbound Seward Highway On-Ramp from Abbott Road as a DETOUR route.

The southbound Dowling Road On-Ramp to the Seward Highway is CLOSED for approximately 3 weeks. During this time, please plan to follow signs for DETOUR routes to the Tudor Road On-Ramp, the Old Seward Highway or Lake Otis Parkway. Business access will be maintained during the CLOSURE, plan to use the Old Seward Highway as a DETOUR route.

Speed limits have been reduced within the project corridor to 55 MPH and traffic patterns will be modified as necessary to accommodate work. Please follow construction signs and be aware of future notifications.

Median and shoulder work are being done along the New Seward Highway near the Dowling Exit in order to accommodate 6 lanes of through traffic in the final configuration.

Work is being done in sections along the frontage roads, going from the south end to the north end along Brayton Drive and the north end to the south end on Homer Drive from Dimond Boulevard to Dowling Road; sections of the roads will be CLOSED as work progresses.

Salmon Orders Update

From June 20-June 30, anglers may not fish for king salmon of any size in the Kenai River from its mouth to the outlet of Skilak Lake.

From July 1-July 31, anglers may not fish for king salmon of any size in the Kenai River from the Fish and Game marker 300 yards downstream from Slikok Creek to the marker at the outlet of Skilak Lake.

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G) is implementing the following sport fishing regulation liberalization by opening the Russian River Sanctuary area early for anglers to sport fish for sockeye salmon. This regulatory change is effective 8:00 a.m. Tuesday, June 19, 2018, through 11:59 p.m. Saturday, July 14, 2018. Please review the Upper Kenai River and Russian River Confluence area map (Area B) on page 60 of the 2018 Southcentral Sport Fishing Regulations Summary booklet.

The following sockeye salmon regulations apply for the Russian River Sanctuary area:

June 19 – July 14, 2018:

  • Sockeye salmon
    • 16 inches or greater in length; 3 per day, 6 in possession
    • Less than 16 inches in length, 10 per day, 10 in possession

July 15 – August 20, 2018:

  • fly-fishing-only waters
  • Sockeye or coho salmon
    • 16 inches or longer, 3 per day 6 in possession in combination, of which only 1 per day, 1 in possession may be a coho salmon
    • Less than 16 inches in length, 10 per day, 10 in possession;

Anglers are reminded, after August 20, 2018, the retention of sockeye salmon is prohibited in this area.

For more information visit http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/index.cfm?adfg=fishingSportFishingInfo.main


Celebrate Solstice!

Tomorrow morning, runners will chase the sun in one of several simultaneous races, including the Midnight Sun Marathon, Alaska Half-Marathon and the relay-style Buddy Half Marathon. These races are great opportunities to both get some exercise as well as watch/cheer for talented runners! Races will finish at the Delaney Park Strip. (mayorsmarathon.com)

In Downtown, there will also be an even bigger-than-usual Solstice celebration! Besides the normal festival fare (live music, food trucks, beer gardens, a vendor fair) this eight-block party includes a petting zoo, Hero Games, a deadlift competition, a three-on-three basketball tournament and a dance-off. Noon-6 p.m. Saturday. (anchoragedowntown.org)


We hope you have a safe and fun weekend!


All the best,

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