University Ave to be paved this week

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FAIRBANKS, Alaska - Summer is behind us, and construction season is winding down. Most of the major road upgrades around town have been completed with Phillips Field Road and Chena Ridge open and Farmers Loop wrapping up. But University Avenue work is still going strong. Caitlin Frye with the Alaska Department of Transportation shares this update.

"They are making really great progress on that project. Paving is supposed to start Thursday, and that will last for a little bit over a week, so that is a big step. They've got the curb and gutter and the sidewalks poured and ready to go. The railroad has finished their work on the railroad crossing," she said.

Frye says there will be some work on street lights after the road is open. In addition to road construction updates, Frye says it's not too early to think about winter safety.

"We do want to remind drivers that this is a really good time to make an appointment to get your tires changed out, if you are having winter tires put on your car," she said.

She also says, it's also a good time for drivers to make sure they have an emergency preparedness kit in their cars as well.

The second round of the signal light upgrade project is still in the design phase with crews working at intersections around town. Drivers will notice flaggers at the College and Illinois intersection Tuesday October 2 and Wednesday October 3, then at the Badger Road and Old Richardson intersection on Thursday October 6.

Crews continue to work on the plug-in upgrades at both the Noel Wien and North Pole Libraries. The library work is expected to last into December.