Beaver Loop Improvement Meeting Sees Large Community Response

The State Department of Transportation and Public Works put on a public meeting to hear Kenai residents opinions about the Beaver Loop Improvement design.


Kenai City Manager Rick Koch said there was great turnout.


Koch: “I’m really impressed with these meetings here with the citizens of Kenai and around Kenai, very involved, knowledgeable, and even thought there may be absolutely opposing opinions in the room very cordial. It was a good meeting last night we probably had 60 people there.” 


He said the project is funded but the state is looking for input from the public on what they would like in the design.


Koch: “The location of the pedestrian pathway was spoke to last night should it be on the north side of the road should it be on the south side of the road, and there were opinions generated on each side of that. I recall one individual said it should be on the north side of the road because then in the spring the sun would hit that earlier then if it was on the other side of the road and it would thaw and the snow would be gone earlier.” 


Public comment is open on the project until June 13 on the state’s website.

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  1. Steve 17 May, 2014, 13:41

    Pretty much a No-brainer. Drive down Beaver Loop right now and compare the North side to the river (South) side. Nice and dry usable trail on the North, muddy rutted out mess on the South. A huge difference in the amount of traffic getting onto Beaver Loop from the South as well.

  2. Cheech 20 May, 2014, 09:59

    Cunningham Park is on the south side of the river and would offer safer access for pedestrian access to the park, and safer to access the roads on the south side of the road instead of having to cross over through traffic. The big industrial trucks and two commercial real estate properties are on the north side of the road.

    If the south side is a paved trail, it would no longer be a muddy trail…

    Pretty much a Brainer to put it on the south side as proposed.

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