The recent rain across the Interior is starting to cause problems on area roadways in Fairbanks. Potholes are a common site in many areas, and according to the Department of Transportation, that’s because the dirt underneath is getting washed away.
The Alaska Department of Transportation Maintenance crew works year round on roads around Fairbanks to keep them in the best shape possible. In the winter they are busy trying to keep the roads plowed. But come summer they begin working on repairing and maintaining the roads.
The Alaska Department of Transportation is working to improve sidewalks in Fairbanks and North Pole this summer. The DOT is working on four sidewalks - two in Fairbanks and two in North Pole. According to DOT Northern Region Information Officer Caitlin Frye, they are working with the FAST Planning (Fairbanks Area Surface Transportation) on the project.
The Alaska Department of Transportation is replacing concrete barriers on highways in Fairbanks. Caitlin Frye, the Northern Region Information Officer for the Alaska DOT said that the old barriers have been there for around 30 years.
The Alaska Department of Transportation is working at the Fairbanks International Airport to replace an aging runway. Crews are repaving the East Ramp and making other upgrades to the airport. The East Ramp is the general aviation runway.
Summer road construction is in full swing around Fairbanks. With the long days and short season to work, the Alaska Department of Transportation is working round the clock to complete projects. The construction often brings long delays, road closures and detours on oft traveled roads.
Starting on June 2, the main gate to Fort Wainwright will be closed for repairs and improvements. During the closure, there will be additional gates opened to access and exit the post as well as additional hours at existing gates.
The Old Richardson Highway is getting a repave as part of a South Fairbanks Industrial improvement project. The Alaska Department of transportation is putting down new asphalt on portions three roads in the coming weeks.
Work has already begun on Third Street and on the Old Richardson Highway between South Cushman and the Richardson. They have also resumed work on Chena Hot Springs Road to resurface it all the way to Nordale Road.
The Alaska Department of Transportation which is tasked with maintaining many roads around Fairbanks has been working ‘round the clock to clear snow from a record breaking storm. The storm which dumped around 14 inches of snow left many people stuck at home and roads nearly impassible.
"A lot of officers have expressed interest in seeing something involving the northern lights, that is a big part of the community and a big part of Fairbanks that people come to see so the northern lights would be good. But really anything from Interior Alaska, we want to showcase our town and our community."
A Fairbanks neighborhood off of Steele Creek Road is dealing with flooding that has left residents unable to access their homes. The Spudwood Road neighborhood is experiencing it’s worst spring flooding ever as water has become trapped by snowbanks and is freezing on the road.
The Alaska Department of Transportation closed a portion of the Richardson Highway between Paxon and Trims DOT maintenance camps on Sunday for around 12 hours due to drifting, blowing snow and snow slides that made travel unsafe.
According to the Alaska State Troopers, Allen Solomon, 31, of Fairbanks was killed in a vehicle collision on the Seward Highway. According to the post from Troopers, Solomon was traveling north on the highway at a high rate of speed when he struck a Department of Transportation grader that was working to plow the road.
Construction crews working on the University Avenue Bridge began tearing down the old bridge last week. The crews finished the temporary work and construction bridges a few weeks prior ensuring that workers and pedestrians are able to cross the river while the bridge is out.
Crews working to replace the University Avenue Bridge over the Chena River in Fairbanks have installed a temporary pedestrian bridge over the river. Using two cranes, the construction workers hoisted the metal structure off of the old bridge and placed it on pilings in the river.
A snowstorm has brought record levels of snow to Fairbanks and road plows are struggling to keep up leaving dangerous driving conditions for those who must drive. DOT and the Alaska State Troopers are encouraging anyone who can to stay home.
The Alaska Department of Transportation is tasked with plowing and maintaining many roads around Fairbanks. They have developed a priority system for what roads should be plowed during and in what order after a snowstorm.
Roads around Fairbanks are notoriously bad. Permafrost thawing causes roads to move, making bumps, dips and potholes. DOT maintenance crews are tasked with doing work on the roads during the summer. Often, they have to come back to the same area multiple times a year.
The intersection of College Road and Illinois Street is under construction until the end of August. The project will change the merge lane from Illinois Street downtown, towards Collage Road Eastbound. The project will also widen College Road, making it easier for motorist to make U-turns and access businesses on College Road.
Upgrades to Chena Hot Springs Road have begun and will continue into next year. The multi-year improvement project aims to improve safety and reduce speeds at the Steese Highway intersection and resurface the first six miles of the road.
The Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities is asking users of the Parks Highway between Healy and Cantwell to participate in an online open house about what kind of work they would like to see done on that stretch on road.