East End Road Utility Relocation
The Department of Transportation (DOT) elected to upgrade East End Road in Homer, Alaska. Before the new road could be constructed, the impacted utilities along the old road would require relocation. Homer Electric Association (HEA) contracted with D&L to design a final relocation. D&L prepared the final relocation plan, prepared construction technical specifications and provided construction support. The corridor along East End Road contains many different utility facilities, including power, communication, water, sewer, and gas. Upgrading the road created conflicts with these existing facilities. HEA began the preliminary design of the new distribution system and tasked D&L with completing the design and preparing necessary construction plan drawings and bid documents. This project replaced the existing overhead distribution system with an underground double circuit feeder (express and distribution) and a relocated overhead system as terrain and other facilities allowed. It required working in cooperation with DOT, the road designer, as well as telephone, cable, and natural gas utilities. The final design of the underground system incorporated a joint trench shared by multiple utilities.