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|Length:||142 mi (229 km)|
|Existed:||1950 – present|
|West end:||Alaska Marine Highway in Homer|
|East end:||Alaska Routes 1/9 (Seward Highway) at Tern Lake Junction|
The Sterling Highway is a 142-mile (229-km) highway in the Southcentral region of the U.S. state of Alaska, leading from the Seward Highway at Tern Lake Junction, 90 miles (140 km) south of Anchorage, to Homer.
Construction of the highway began in 1947 and was completed in 1950. It is part of Alaska Route 1. It leads mainly west from Tern Lake to Soldotna, paralleling the Kenai River, at which point it turns south to follow the eastern shore of Cook Inlet. It is the only highway in the western and central Kenai Peninsula, and most of the population of the Kenai Peninsula Borough lives near it. The highway also gives access to many extremely popular fishing and recreation areas, including the Kenai, Funny, and Russian rivers.
Mileposts along the Sterling Highway do not begin with 0 (zero). Instead, they begin with Mile 37 (km 59), continuing the milepost numbering of the Seward Highway where the two highways intersect near Tern Lake. The 0 (zero) mile marker for the Seward Highway is at its terminus in downtown Seward at the intersection of 3rd Avenue and Railway Avenue. Thus, mileposts along the Sterling Highway reflect distance from Seward, which is not actually on the Sterling Highway.
Towns and places along the Sterling Highway
- Tern Lake Junction (Seward Highway), mile 37 (km 60)
- Cooper Landing, mile 48 (km 78)
- Confluence of Kenai River and Russian River, mile 52 (km 85)
- Sterling, mile 81 (km 130)
- Soldotna, mile 94 (km 152)
- Kenai and Nikiski, via Kenai Spur Highway, mile 94 (km 152)
- Kasilof, mile 109 (km 175)
- Tustumena Lake, mile 111 (km 179)
- Clam Gulch, mile 118 (km 190)
- Ninilchik, mile 136 (km 218)
- Anchor Point, mile 156 (km 252)
- Homer, mile 173 (km 278)