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Rosie Creek Road to see summer work done after harsh spring runoff

After an unusually damaging snowmelt this spring, Rosie Creek Road saw damage to portions of...
After an unusually damaging snowmelt this spring, Rosie Creek Road saw damage to portions of the road.(Alex Bengel/KTVF)
Published: Jun. 1, 2022 at 6:15 PM AKDT
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - After an unusually damaging snowmelt this spring, Rosie Creek Road saw damage to portions of the road.

Now the Alaska Department of Transportation (DOT) is planning to fix these damaged sections.

According to Kaitlin Williams, Publications Specialist with the DOT, “We’re going to be repaving some of those areas that were damaged. We’re going to install some additional culverts, and we’re going to be doing some work on the ditches to help mitigate the drainage.”

Some resurfacing happened last year, and that work continues in 2022 as well. “This year we just have to do the finishing touches to the project from last year,” Williams explained.

She said, “Rosie Creek Road is kind of notorious for being vulnerable to permafrost and flooding. It’s kind of historically been that way.”

The DOT receives updates from the National Weather Service about snowpack levels.

Jeff Stutzke, Regional Hydraulics Engineer with the DOT said, “This year, it turned out to be approximately 200% over normal for the Tanana River Basin, which includes Fairbanks and Delta Junction.”

These levels, combined with a chilly spring, made runoff a uniquely difficult problem this year.

The project is scheduled to begin in mid-June and last for one month. “We’re working hard on the remedy. If there are any deficiencies out there we’re going to address them,” Stutzke said.

The Department of Transportation says only one lane will be closed at a time, so those living in the area should have no trouble with access.

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