Fox spring closes temporarily

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FAIRBANKS, Alaska - Starting this Monday, September 10, the Fox Spring Well will close down to repair a leaking water holding tank.The leak has caused freeze ups in the past, and this repair is intended to prevent these types of incidents in the future.

The 'Friends of Fox Spring' will be paying for the repairs. Costs are currently estimated at 28 thousand dollars, in addition to reimbursing the regular monthly Department of Transportation Fox Spring expense.

Construction on the Elliot Highway is also expected to coincide with work on the well. Caitlin Frye is the Northern Region Information Officer with DOT, which owns the Fox Spring. She explained why repairs could take up to a month to complete.

"When they originally installed this tank they kind of built the structure with it and around it in such a way that it is hard to remove the tank and our maintenance crews aren't sure whether or not they're going to have to take out a wall in the structure or maybe even the roof. They won't know the answers to those questions until they actually get in there," she said.

In the meantime residents will have to utilize other water resources, like the 24 hour water hut behind the Banks Ale House, next to Steese Immediate Care.