Proposed Action 1
USE OLD ROADBED WEST OF SUNRISE AS THE START OF THE TRAIL.
This Action was identified by community vote as Priority 1 of the Walkable Plan.
Just west of Sunrise Inn and Quartz Creek Rd. the existing Safety Path Leaves The Sterling Hwy and follows the Old Sterling Hwy roadbed.
This project originally envisioned a trail on or along the old roadway located on the north side of the Sterling Highway, above the existing roadway beginning at approximately MP 45.0).
As a part of the for the Sterling Highway MP 45-60 project a.k.a. the Bypass project, mitigation measures will provide “a separated roadside pathway on the south side of the highway between Quartz Creek Road and the intersection of the "old" highway.”
As imagined in 2010
This project would provide a trail on a bench area that is a remnant of the
old roadway located on the north side of the Sterling Highway, above the existing roadway beginning at Sunrise, or sometimes described as the Quartz Creek Campground intersection (approximately MP 45.0). The bench is the location of the old roadway alignment that was relocated many years ago as an improvement to the Sterling Highway. This location would provide outstanding views to Kenai Lake and would provide separation from the highway. This would serve as the start of the proposed separated trail that would travel west and south and follow the length of the Sterling Highway through Cooper Landing.
With or without the MP 45-60 Bypass the current road needs to be brought up to basic safety standards and needs to provide accommodations for non-motorized users.