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By Tommy Wells
Seward Phoenix Log 

City OKs $3 million for road upgrades


The City of Seward is about to get a lot smoother. Well, the roads will, at least.

The city council voted unanimously on Monday to approve an additional $3 million in funding for road improvements within the city. The improvements will be done along with the projects currently under way in the community.

Citing the immediate need for repairs and additional paving, the council authorized Seward City Manager Jim Hunt to contract with Knik Construction to perform the improvements. The move, Hunt informed the council, would allow the city to realize substantial savings as Knik Construction already has its equipment and personnel in the community.

“We are able to proceed with our projects we have going with the same group here,” said Seward Public Works Director Doug Schoessler. “Barring anything like the state going out too long or any issues with it, they’re hoping to get it all done this year.”

Schoessler noted the timing was also important for the city. By authorizing the improvements now, the city would not be affected by a possible government shutdown should the state legislature fail to approve a budget by the end of June.

The funds for the additional upgrades will come from bond proceeds from the Oct. 4, 2016 bond election, as well as from the General Fund’s undesignated reserves and the infrastructure account. The State of Alaska is currently administering the road paving contracts in Seward as part of a federal grant with Knik Construction.


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