Construction crews will begin shifting some traffic onto new asphalt today on the Sunny Point interchange project on Egan Drive, state transportation officials said.
Southbound traffic, heading from the Mendenhall Valley to downtown will move onto the new route after rush hour, said Soc Kreuzenstein, engineering manager for the Department of Transportation and Public Facilities' Southeast Region office.
A complete move to the new roadway will be done by Saturday, he said.
The $27.5 million project will improve the intersection between Egan and Glacier highways and offer better access to Wal-Mart and Fred Meyer, two of Juneau's retail hubs, both of which are between the two highways.
"The inbound lanes will be diverted onto the new exit-access ramps which will allow for the outbound traffic shift onto the new construction sometime later in June," Kreuzenstein said.
"This effort to relocate the detour traffic will allow construction to begin on the new northbound lanes and bridges," he said.
The move to the new asphalt had been expected to be done by mid-May. Juneau-based contractor Secon was unavailable for comment.
Secon said earlier it expects the project to be substantially complete by late fall. Final completion is not scheduled until next May 15, which will include landscaping, seeding and general cleanup.
Continuing work on the project includes replacing East Creek culverts, which should take another two to three weeks. Signals are now begin installed and tested, but won't become operational until later this summer.
State officials continue to ask the public to obey the 45 mph maximum construction speed in the zone. Going 10 miles over the speed limit through the construction zone will significantly increase risk to travelers and construction workers and save only 18 seconds, they said.
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