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Alaska Department of Transportation works to plow snowy roads in Fairbanks

The Alaska Department of Transportation is responsible for plowing roads all across the...
The Alaska Department of Transportation is responsible for plowing roads all across the Fairbanks North Star Borough, including some of the major roads in the City of Fairbanks.(Richard Atkin/KTVF)
Published: Dec. 20, 2021 at 4:56 PM AKST
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - The Alaska Department of Transportation (DOT) is responsible for plowing roads all across the Fairbanks North Star Borough, including some of the major roads in the City of Fairbanks.

These roads fall into five categories based on their priority status.

Priority Level 1 receives the most attention, and includes the Mitchell and Johansen Expressways, and the Richardson and Steese Highways.

That scale goes down to Level 5, which doesn’t receive any plowing from DOT.

Roads like Airport Way, Peger Road, College Road and Badger Road are categorized as Level 2.

According to Caitlin Frye, DOT has plow operators scheduled to work 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

“Our time estimates for how long we expect it’s going to take for us to get to each priority level are really just our best guess for kind of your middle-sized storm,” she said, adding, “so it’s possible that it could take us a little bit longer, especially when we have these big events like this. Just know that we’ll be there as soon as we can.”

The Department also utilizes smaller pickup trucks to plow snow in areas where the larger plows have not yet had time to reach. Frye explained that if a resident sees these trucks, it does not mean that a larger plow isn’t coming.

More information can be found here.

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