FAIRBANKS, Alaska - Drivers along the Richardson Highway, between Fairbanks and Delta Junction, may see an increase in military convoys and training action this month.
Soldiers from U-S Army Alaska's 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, of the 25th Infantry Division, are taking part in an exercise known as Arctic Avalanche.
Participating soldiers will be setting up and conducting live fire shooting in real time.
Richardson Convoy traffic is expected on October 11th, 13th, 16th, and 18th, with departure to training areas from Fort Wainwright at 11 A-M each day.
According to 1st Stryker Public Affairs Officer, Captain Adam Bowen, residents can expect to see a big movement of vehicles this weekend.
He asks that residents be aware of these slower moving military convoys.
CPT Adam Bowen; PAO, 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team >> "Biggest thing to know about any military convoy's you're going to see here stateside is that they're always on the way to train somewhere. Very rarely, if ever are you going to see a convoy that's moving out to complete a mission. So what you're going to see on the Rich Highway, you're going to see a number of these vehicles and they're going to be spaced pretty well out, so the convoys are going to be long but the one thing for civilians to know is we're going to be pretty slow. About 45 to 50 miles per hour at the top end and the reason they go that slow is so they can maintain integrity going down and they don't break apart and kind of drift away from one another but that also allows the civilian community to bypass them on the way on the left hand side of the road. So you'll see guys popping out of the striker, because they have to maintain visual contact with vehicles as they move around them. Just be aware that they're slow moving and they're going to be fairly frequent."