University Ave. to be paved, opened soon

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FAIRBANKS, Alaska - University Avenue has seen most of this summer's construction with upgrades to the Johanson, University and Geist intersection. It has also been closed to north bound traffic for road widening and rail road work, but all things must come to an end.

Danielle Tessen with the Alaska Department of Transportation has the good news.

"Rail road crossing will be completed this week, which means that we are that much closer to opening University Avenue. We are finalizing the prep work to begin paving in October. We will being paving with the sidewalks first and then we will work our way toward the mainland. Once the paving is complete we will be able to open the road, which is exciting, but we still have a good amount of work to in the month of October before we can have that opening happen," Tessen said.

Tessen also says the plan is to begin paving around the second week of October.

Work on Farmers Loop is wrapping up. Driveway approaches have been paved and striping will begin as weather permits.

Chena Ridge is now open to the public.

Phillips Field is open and has passed the final inspection, but drivers are reminded to drive cautiously along the road.

The Fox Spring is repaired, but there is still some culvert work being done. It is expected to be open October 4.

Crews are moving toward College Road to continue preparation for the second round of signal light upgrades. Tentative dates for the light upgrade preparation are September 26 through September 30.

More information can be found at www.alaskanavigator.org.