Local News

Resurfacing underway on secondary roads

The Alaska Department of Transportation on Tuesday began area-wide chip sealing on Ketchikan Area roads. Chip seal is a pavement method that combines asphalt with aggregate in one or more layers to improve and maintain rural roads. Weather permitting; roadwork should be completed by August 1st. Motorists can expect some delays and should watch for flaggers  during the resurfacing effort.

Roads scheduled for paving are:

• Pond Reef Road
• Pond Reef Loop Road
• Shoup Street
• Shoreline Drive
• Spaeth Avenue
• Knudson Cove Road
• Knudson Cove Marina Road
• D-1 Road
• D-2 Road
• Raspberry Lane
• Strawberry Road
• Bunchberry Ln
• Mattle Road
• Totem Bight Road

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