Reimbursement program established for vehicles impacted by tar-like residue in construction zones

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) HC Contractors, the operators of the Badger Road construction project, have setup a reimbursement program to pay those affected by a tar-like residue within the construction zone. The reimbursement will be for the cost of cleaning their vehicles.

HC Contractors, the operators of the Badger Road construction project, have setup a reimbursement program to pay those affected by tar residue within the construction zone. [Photo Courtesy KTVF/Archives]

Although HC Contractors have been operating the project, it is still an Alaska Department of Transportation project. When DOT first addressed the issue of the residue on Badger road , it was stated that heavy rainfall in North Pole caused tar to form in puddles on the road. According to DOT spokesperson Caitlin Frye, after spending more time analyzing the situation, the department's understanding of what happened has changed.

"We haven't ever seen this before," said Frye. "We're not entirely sure what caused it. It looks kind of like little pieces of rock or grime that are, sort of embedded into the vehicles finish. It feels sort of like sand paper. It doesn't look like tar. It looks like little tiny rocks."

Ever since receiving reports that the residue was clinging onto vehicles, DOT and HC Contractors have been working on a plan to address the situation. On Monday, DOT sent out a letter addressed to 'Badger Road Drivers' stating that HC Contractors is managing a reimbursement program. The program will be running through Northern Adjusters.

"It takes more than just a car wash to get it off," said Frye. "We do know that this stuff will come off with the right kind of cleaning. We're really recommending that folks take their vehicles to a business to get cleaned rather than try it themselves. This program will reimburse people for those costs."

For more information on the reimbursement process, you can reach out to Northern Adjusters at (907) 929-9177 or email them at newclaim@nadj.com.

Frye went on to say that DOT does not expect what happened on Badger to happen on other projects.

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