Department of Transportation continues work on the Richardson, University, and begin short work on Johansen Expy

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) Last week, contractors from the Department of Transportation and Public Facilities (DOT) paved the south frontage roads along the Richardson Highway. This week, they will pave the north frontage roads, while tearing up old pavement on the highway's southbound lanes between Badger Rd. & Levee Way.

Last week, contractors from the Department of Transportation and Public Facilities paved the south frontage roads along the Richardson Highway. This week, they will pave the north frontage roads, while tearing up old pavement on the highway's southbound lanes between Badger Rd. & Levee Way. (DOT)

According to DOT, this section of highway has not seen improvements since 1966, and in that time, the area has experienced a boom in terms of commerce, habitation, and industrial activity.

Now, 14,000 vehicles travel that corridor every day. The Richardson Highway project is meant to increase the safety of the highway by renovating the access points on and off the highway.

This year’s focus will be the mainline highway, which involves the addition of acceleration and deceleration lanes and adding lights.

Last week, the traffic crossed over to the Fairbanks bound lanes, so there is only one lane of travel in each direction on the Richardson.

DOT encourages drivers to slow down on that section for everyone’s safety, and to obey the 45MPH speed limit, as construction workers are particularly vulnerable to speeding cars.

There will also be bridge maintenance work on the westbound Johansen beginning on Tuesday that is expected to be short. The waterproof membrane underneath the pavement on the highway between Danby St. and Peger Rd. is starting to fail, so bridge maintenance crews will be redoing the asphalt.

This work is expected to take between one and two days and will see the closure of two of the three lanes on the highway, which may slow down traffic. All of the off-ramps, however, will remain open, DOT says.

Work continues to be done on Rewak Dr. as part of the University Avenue project.

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