DOT: paving contractor working with community to address tar on vehicles

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) Heavy rainfall in the North Pole area caused tar buildup on the Badger Road Project, which has spread to vehicles.

Heavy rainfall in the North Pole area caused tar buildup on the Badger Road Project, which has spread to vehicles. (Andrew Hawkins/KTVF)

According to the Department of Transportation's Northern Region Information Officer, Caitlin Frye, during paving projects the old asphalt on the road is ground up and used as a base layer for the new material. Frye says after the asphalt was ground up on the Badger Project, rain in the area separated the rock from tar which formed in puddles on the road. The tar attached to vehicles that were using the road during that time.

The DOT project is being operated by HC Contractors, which is based out of North Pole. DOT has been working together with the business to address the situation.

"During a construction project, contractors kind of own that section of road," said Frye. "If there is something going on that you are looking for compensation, or you want to follow up with somebody to figure out what happened with it, the contractor is the ultimate point of contact for that."

Frye says the contractor has been working with the community to treat affected vehicles. HC Contractors ran multiple car washes to remove the tar over the last two weeks but those are no longer active. Both the department and the business are working on plan to address the tar buildup.

According to Frye, an industrial degreaser, which can be bought at a general merchandise or hardware store, will remove tar from a vehicle. She warns that some forms of the cleaner will also remove paint, so be careful when selecting which brand to use.

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