Construction projects currently happening around the Alaskan interior

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) On Monday, construction crews began working on a crossover ramp on the Richardson Highway.

On Monday, construction crews began working on a crossover ramp on the Richardson Highway. (DOT)

This ramp is a temporary fixture, which will be used when one side of the highway closes in the coming week. The ramp will be used to divert traffic from the closed side of the Richardson to the open side, where one lane will be repurposed for traffic to resume in either direction.

The bulk of the work on the Richardson Highway is anticipated to begin on May 1.

In the area of University Avenue’s intersection with Airport Way, Rewak Drive is closed until mid-May as crews replace utility lines for sewer and water. “These are really old ones, some of which are made of wood and have been there for a very long time,” says Caitlin Frye, Northern Region Information Officer with the Department of Transportation and Public Facilities. “The utilities are so deep that the trench they have to dig to replace those is big enough that they had to shut down the road.”

Around the University of Alaska Fairbanks, Tanana Loop is also currently experiencing construction, and parking lots in front of the Patty Center are currently closed. The road will reopen shortly, but will experience another closure, as well as diversions, later in the summer.

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