Phillips Field road opens, Airport Way to get new signal lights

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FAIRBANKS, Alaska - Residents driving Farmers Loop Road may have noticed flaggers at night. Around 9 p.m., residents driving Farmers Loop have probably seen dark street lights. Crews have been repairing the final stretch of road as part of the summer long project.

Caitlin Frye with the Alaska Department of Transportation says there is a silver lining.

"They are working on finishing the mainline paving, so paving of the main road, and they expect that that work will be done this week, maybe even tonight. If everything goes as planned," she said.

She says crews are also continuing to pave driveway approaches.

"As soon as the paving, where we are now at the end of the Steese, is complete, then this paving crew is going to go and pave approaches as well, so there will be two crews working on approaches. They are doing about 15 a day at this point."

Good news for those who drive Phillips Field Road. Access is open, but crews are still working on the sides so drivers are asked to use caution along that route. There will be some striping Tuesday August 11, as well which could cause some delays.

Contractors on University Avenue are pouring concrete for curbs and gutters this week. They are also completing underground utility work.

Pavement has been laid on the Chena Ridge Cripple Creek project and the road is expected to be open by the end of September.

Drivers may notice dark lights in the Peger Road and Airport Way areas as well while crews prepare for the second installation of signal light upgrades.