Dowling Road roundabouts reopen after summer work

The Dowling Road roundabouts, located at the exit and entrance ramps of the Seward Highway, reopened Sunday.
Published: Oct. 31, 2022 at 9:50 AM AKDT|Updated: Oct. 31, 2022 at 3:29 PM AKDT
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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (KTUU) - A vital transportation artery that has rerouted traffic all summer due to road construction has finally reopened after more than five months.

The Dowling Road roundabouts, located at the exit and entrance ramps of the Seward Highway, reopened Sunday, according to a Department of Transportation and Public Facilities Facebook post.

The construction project this summer saw the replacement of the highway bridge and new roundabouts that are twice as big as the old ones and much wider.

When the Dowling Road roundabouts were originally installed in 2004, they were designed for projected traffic levels up to the year 2020. However, the traffic load today is much higher, leading to frequent back-ups, especially during rush hour.

Ramp reconstruction on all four corners and additional paving and striping will take place in the spring and summer of 2023, according to the department.

Correction: This article has been corrected to reflect that the highway bridge construction was completed in 2022.