Glenn Highway Improvements Suspended During 2019 Fair
Work to be paused August 22 – September 2 for state’s largest event
It will be smooth sailing for drivers heading to the Alaska State Fair this year, as the Alaska Department of Transportation will suspend work on Glenn Highway improvements during the run of the 2019 Fair.
To facilitate traffic flow to the largest event in the state, crews will suspend work from August 22 through September 2, resuming on September 3.
During the Fair, drivers can expect both north and southbound lanes to be open. The highway will also be paved, repairs will be complete on the Glenn-Parks interchange, and no detours will be in place.
As always, fairgoers are reminded to:
- Follow posted traffic and parking signs.
- Leave pets at home.
- Not to park on the side of the highway or roads.
- Purchase parking passes in advance online at alaskastatefair.org (to speed up the parking process!).
The Glenn Highway improvement project is important for the Fair and the entire Mat-Su Valley, which is the fastest-growing area of Alaska. Once the improvements are complete, the Glenn Highway corridor will be able to handle 30,000 cars a day.
Glenn Highway improvements include:
- A four-lane, divided highway fronting the fairgrounds
- More visibility with wider shoulders and ditches
- New lighting
- Dedicated turning lanes into Palmer
- Accessible pedestrian signals
- Frontage roads for homes and businesses
- Bike baths on frontage roads
Additionally, the improvements will eliminate dangerous left-hand turns across the highway, and upgraded signal controllers will communicate with each other, keeping traffic flowing smoothly.
Drive safe and see you at the Fair!