Granite snags $55M road upgrade deal in Alaska

ConDig (07-July–22)  Civil contractor and construction materials producer Granite Construction has bagged a $55 million road upgrade deal in Wasilla, Alaska.

Under the deal with the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities (DOT&PF) Central Region, the California-based company will oversee the first phase of the Knik-Goose Bay revamp.

The contract will involve the reconstruction of four miles of Knik Goose Bay Road from a two-lane to a four-lane divided highway facility from Fairview Loop to Centaur Avenue. This will include drainage improvements, intersection improvements, grading, paving, pathways, illumination, and signalization.

The project is expected to start next month and slated to finish in the third quarter of 2024.

Granite said several facilities will provide material for the project. The Lucas Quarry will supply 5,000 tons of riprap, the Wolf Aggregate facility will provide 650,000 tons of borrow, and the Palmer Hot Plant will supply 75,000 tons of hot-mix asphalt.

“Upgrading Knik-Goose Bay Road is a priority for the local community and the State of Alaska,” said Derek Betts, vice president of regional operations for Granite.  

“This corridor currently deals with a lot of congestion and other poor performance because of limited capacity and high density of driveway access. Expanding four miles of the roadway to four lanes will provide a major benefit to the community and travelers. We are looking forward to collaborating with Central Region DOT&PF to execute a successful project and provide necessary upgrades to this major arterial highway.”

In October, Granite secured a $19 million deal to revamp a runway at Cannon Air Force Base (AFB) in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

In July, Granite said it had landed an $18 million contract to reconstruct a roadway in Salt Lake City, Utah.