FAIRBANKS - The Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities will open Illinois Street to two-way traffic on Monday after 1 p.m.
That’s when a procession of Fairbanks-area veterans, along with a parade of antique cars, will start southward on Illinois Street from the Catholic schools. They’ll cross the new Veterans’ Memorial Bridge and turn east to the Morris Thompson Cultural and Visitors Center, where a program about the Illinois Street project will start at 1:15 p.m.
After the opening, southbound traffic on Illinois Street will flow over the Veterans Memorial Bridge onto Barnette Street. Northbound traffic will use the Cushman Street Bridge to travel onto Illinois Street.
First Avenue, on the south side of the Chena River, switched to two-way traffic between Cushman and Barnette streets permanently on Wednesday, according to a notice from DOT received Wednesday afternoon.
The project will be finished next year with replacement of the new bridge over Noyes Slough and completion of landscaping and paths. The project cost is $23.6 million. H.C. Contractors of North Pole is the lead contractor. Work began in April.