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By Tommy Wells
Seward Phoenix LOG 

Paving crews making major progress in downtown work


Tommy Wells

Knik Construction crews are busy laying new asphalt in several parts of the community this week.

Getting around the downtown section of the community may be a bit harder in the interim, but the end result will be well worth the difficulty, city officials say.

According to Seward City Clerk Johanna Kinney, crews with Knick Construction were expected to be well into Phase II of their paving work by press time.

Paving work reduced Fifth and Sixth avenues to one-lane traffic in some areas earlier in the week. Work at the intersection of Fourth Avenue and Adams Street was scheduled to be completed this week.

"It is so wonderful to have paved streets," said Seward City Council member Sue McClure. "There has been a little bit of complaint about noise and such, but the end product will be well worth it. I tell people they should have been around to see how the roads were before they were paved."

Councilman David Squires agreed, saying any complaints would be offset by the improvements made.

"We can put up with a little inconvenience for a bit until we get done," he said. "The result will be worth it."

Streets already completed by paving crews include Washington Street (from Fourth Avenue to Fifth Avenue), Adams Street (from Third Avenue to Fifth Avenue, and Sixth to Ballaine), Dieckgraeff Road (from Seward Highway to Maple Street), Ash and Oak Streets to the Seward Mountain Haven Long Term Care Facility, First and Second Avenues and their side streets, and Old Nash Road.

As part of their efforts, Knik crews have also poured 29 curb ramps in the downtown area. Miscellaneous work on the curb ramps will be ongoing over the next couple of weeks.

If you have questions about this project, please call Public Works at 907-224-4093.


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