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Summer Construction Season Starts In Unalaska

Jul 7, 2017

This summer, Unalaska drivers will experience delays on Captains Bay Road, which wraps around the left side of the bay.
Credit Berett Wilber/KUCB

It’s summer construction season in Unalaska, and drivers should expect road closures and delays around the island.

Director of Public Works Tom Coenhour said Captains Bay Road will experience the longest delays.

The road will be narrowed to one lane in August, so the city can trench and install 7,000 feet of new electrical wiring. Road crews will be there to ensure drivers don't wait for long.

“We have it as part of the contract that delays cannot be a longer than eight minutes,” said Coenhour. “That’ll allow traffic to keep flowing as much as possible.”

There will also be three smaller lane closures on the Dutch Harbor side of town, as construction workers install new storm drains on Makushin Drive and two areas of East Point Road.

Coenhour said the drains will help roads stand up to Unalaska’s heavy truck traffic and frequent rainfall. He said drivers on Ballyhoo Road will experience delays while the city dock is renovated this summer.

The city is spending about $7 million on the construction projects, which should be completed by the end of November.

Until then?

Just have patience and be careful driving,” said Coenhour.