Reduced speed limits on the Rich, be aware of military vehicles

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FAIRBANKS, Alaska - Residents may see increased military activity, as roughly 400 paratroopers from the 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division stationed at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, travel up to Delta Junction to officially kick off this year's Arctic Anvil 19-01 exercise.

Arctic Anvil 19-01 is a joint, multi-national, force-on-force training exercise designed to provide the 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, from Fort Wainwright, a tough, realistic training event, in preparation for their rotation at the Army’s National Training Center in California early next year.

U.S. Army Alaska is working closely with the Alaska Department of Transportation to minimize the impact of this large movement to local and tourist traffic along the Richardson Highway between Fort Wainwright and Fort Greely.

D.O.T has approved a speed limit reduction to 55 miles per hour from milepost 243 to 265, which is between Donnelly Dome and Delta Junction.

This speed reduction will take place starting Wednesday, October 10th and will last until the 20th.

Caitlin Frye with the Department of Transportation said she urges drivers to slow down and pay attention.

“The thing we're trying to avoid are vehicles coming up too quickly on really slow moving vehicles that may be unexpected. This will be sort of sporadic activity at any hour of the day or night that maybe on the road and these vehicles will be moving more slowly than your typical vehicle on the highway," she said.

The speed reduction was requested by U-S Army Alaska to increase safety for troops and the traveling public during the exercise.