Beaver Loop Project Works Past Another Opening Goal

The Beaver Loop culvert project that was initially slated to only last about a month will not hit their goal of opening by July 26.


We spoke with  Project Engineer Bill Nelson of William J. Nelson and Associates in Kenai who said progress is being made however he expects the road to be open about a week after July 26.


Nelson: “The contractor has completed the construction of the concrete head walls and the installation of the culvert and the stream which had been diverted to allow construction of the new culvert has been restored to it’s original channel so it’s now flowing through the new culvert and the contractor is now proceeding with back fill and removal of the old culvert.”


As we previously reported, the project’s lane closure permit was extended to August 9, however the contractor, Endries Co. of Soldotna provided the Watershed Forum with plans guaranteeing a finish date of July 26.


Nelson told us that in the original contract Endries Co. had 180 days to complete the project so they are still within those perameters. The only permit exceeded was the time in which to complete the in-water work, which was originally to be done by July 15 and Endries finished that by July 20.


We asked Nelson about the difficulty of the project.


Nelson: “Well it’s a very difficult process to divert the stream and install a culvert at a level below the water level of the stream, and I suppose if you throw enough money at anything you can make it go faster however this was a competitively bid project and so the contractor had limited funds to work with and his schedule was influenced by his budget available and his chosen methods and means of construction.”

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  1. Steve 25 July, 2014, 12:28

    Liars or completely incompetant? People beware when this watershed group of yahoos comes to your neighborhood, your in for a major dose of inconveniance and lies. I sure hope the city, borough, and state learned something after this. No oversight authority on this project at all.

  2. lynn 25 July, 2014, 12:31

    More lies from the Kenai Watershed Forum! If you go look at the project it’s still a lot of work to be done especially when you only have 1 or 2 people working, and they aren’t even working a full shift. Per the State and the City we’ll be lucky if it’s done by Aug. 9th when the current permit expires. And the State doesn’t care, said they’ll extend it indefinitely, it isn’t their project so they have no control and nothing they can do about it. KWF needs to hire competent contractor to get this unnecessary project done now!!!

  3. BeaverLooper 25 July, 2014, 12:45

    This is BEYOND ridiculous. When are you just going to admit that you hired a company that wasn’t skilled enough to handle this project? People who live near this “construction zone” have now paid hundreds of dollars extra in gas to get to/from work for a project that was to last 3 weeks. You keep talking about the difficulty of the project. Well duh! There was high groundwater and fish flowing through the old culvert. Why would you not take that into consideration when doing work on the same area?

  4. O.J. 25 July, 2014, 14:31

    It’s Kenai Watershed Forum’s fault the king run is so bad. They tear out these culverts in the middle of salmon season, so the salmon can’t get upriver to spawn properly, and the returns will continue to SUCK.

    It’s all KWF’s fault!!! Don’t blame the setnetters!!!

  5. Tim 25 July, 2014, 18:57

    The contractor did not have the experience or knowledge to do his project. Last year he was short of forever replacing the scales at the Soldotna Landfill.

  6. mike 25 July, 2014, 21:19

    …what a bunch of drama queens.

  7. Jake 26 July, 2014, 17:13

    Is this the same construction outfit who has taken nearly 3 months to install less than 2 miles of bike trail on K-Beach road?

  8. Beaverlooper 28 July, 2014, 11:15

    Mike – Clearly you don’t live in the area and haven’t lived through the months of inconvenience otherwise you wouldn’t be hurdling out names. Why don’t you mind your own business and hope the crew is never hired to work on roads in your area.

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