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Category 9 - Highway Improvements on Publicly Owned Land

Award of Merit

Photo: Exit Glacier Road


Exit Glacier Road

Kenai Fjords National Park, Alaska


Designer:Western Federal Lands Highway Division
Contractor:Wilder Construction Co.

The reconstruction of the primitive Exit Glacier Road into a safe two-lane scenic access to a wilderness national park was an engineering and environmental challenge. Extensive and unique irrigation to protect and enhance water quality, wetlands, riparian zones, and fishery resources were incorporated into the project. The goal to provide a more maintainable road with roadside recreational opportunities that faces less exposure to river damage and flooding was also met.

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