LIVE: Fairbanks' busiest intersection closing for the summer

Published: May. 3, 2018 at 9:03 PM AKDT
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Construction season is about to hit hard, and it's going to take out Fairbanks' busiest intersection, Geist and University, from mid-may until mid-August. An average of 40,000 vehicles pass through this area every day, and it has more crashes than any other intersection in Fairbanks. DOT's plan is to resurface the road and widen the intersection to increase capacity. Drivers will still be able to travel up and down university but they won't be able to pass through Geist and the Johansen, from Fairbanks Street to Peger.

Other major roads being reconstructed are Phillips Field and Farmers Loop. Phillips field will be closing in the beginning of June, which will last for 90 days. They'll be widening the shoulders to make it safer for cyclists and pedestrians. Farmers loop, from Ballaine to Steese, will have lane restrictions and pilot cars, but the road will be open. They'll also be resurfacing the bike path along Farmer's loop.

"We realize this can be really frustrating and a challenge at best for a lot of folks but what we're accomplishing with these projects are a couple of really important safety improvements and to keep traffic flowing a little bit better than it has before," said DOT spokesperson Caitlyn Frye.

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