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Don’t Drive Impaired This Holiday Season

Public NoticesMost everyone is in a festive mood. Even Grinches still tend to partake in the merrymaking of large gatherings. As the holiday parties get into full swing keep in mind a plan to get home safe and sound. To help remind you to not drive impaired, the Alaska State Troopers and Alaska Wildlife Troopers, inspired by Rudolph’s red nose, will attempt to stand out by being visible out on the highways (with lights and sirens if we have to). The high visibility enforcement effort, which started Dec. 14 and lasts until the early morning hours of Jan. 2 of the new year, is to ensure the safety of Alaskans while they revel in Holiday cheer.

The Department of Public Safety realizes that alcohol is a part of many festivities this time of year. If you plan on partaking, don’t drive. (♫ You may get pulled over by a trooper ♪ driving home from a friend’s house on Christmas Eve ♫). Please have a plan in place to not drive impaired. The Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over Campaign is done annually around the holidays to encourage the motoring public to keep safety in mind and to prevent this time of year from turning tragic.

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Public Notices > 2016 Susitna Parkway II PUFA

Public NoticesThe Susitna Parkway II Personal Use Firewood Harvest Area is open. This area is located adjacent to West Susitna Parkway. Access is from the Parks Highway, Big Lake Road, South Big Lake Road and West Susitna Parkway. Access and removal is permitted 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. These restrictions will be strictly enforced.

A $25 permit is required and may be obtained from the Land & Resource Management Division between the hours of 8am-5pm, Mon-Fri. at the Mat-Su Borough Administration Building, located at 350 E. Dahlia Avenue, Palmer. Please be prepared to provide the year, make, and model and license number of all motorized vehicle or trailers to be used while harvesting the timber.

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ADA-09142 Proposal to Lease State Airport Land at Big Lake Airport

Public NoticesThe Alaska Department of Transportation & Public Facilities proposes to lease Lot 6, Block 300, consisting of approximately 28,000 square feet (ADA-09142), at the Big Lake Airport for thirty-one (31) years. Applicant: William S. Barry. Annual rent: $1,820.00. Authorized uses: Aeronautical - Construction and maintenance of a hangar for aircraft storage and maintenance; construction of an approximately 1,000’ access road; aircraft fueling; aircraft tie-downs; and vehicle parking.
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Big Lake Road Pedestrian Improvements Study

Public Notices

STATE OF ALASKA

DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION AND PUBLIC FACILITIES

CENTRAL REGION DIVISION OF DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION

NOTICE OF REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS

Big Lake Road Pedestrian Improvements Study

RFP 25172013

The Contractor shall analyze current pedestrian conditions and suggest future improvements to the pedestrian network in the Big Lake Community, focusing on improving access to pedestrian generators, especially public facilities such as parks and schools within the central commercial area of Big Lake, generally described as Big Lake Road, from South Beaver Lake Road to Echo Lake Drive. Bicycle travel along shoulders and pathways, and at crossings will also be considered in addition to pedestrian demand.

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SCAM ALERT: Do Not Make Phone Payments for Alleged Warrants

Public Notices(STATEWIDE, Alaska) – BEWARE OF THIS REOCCURRING PHONE SCAM! An individual, usually a male, calls and identifies themselves as a trooper using various names and ranks. The caller advises people that they, or one of their family members, have active warrants and states the victim must pay their bail to the caller or face arrest and possible additional fines. The caller explains they can pay him with green dot cards or prepaid credit cards to take care of the warrants. He may also provide call back numbers which usually go directly to an answering machine if they are called. This scam has taken place in Anchorage, Fairbanks, Juneau, the Kenai Peninsula and could occur in other communities.

Be aware that the Alaska State Troopers will NOT ask for payment over the phone or offer to negotiate for reduced payment in lieu of arrest. If you are concerned that you may have a warrant for your arrest with the AST, you can look at the active warrants website: http://dps.alaska.gov/AST/warrants/. You can also look up the phone number for your local law enforcement agency to see if they can verify if a warrant is in existence and obtain information on how to correctly deal with the situation. No law enforcement agency will collect funds during a phone call or ask that payment be made using pre-paid credit cards or green dot cards that are obtained from convenient stores.

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Trooper Enforcement for Halloween Weekend

Public NoticesThe Alaska State Troopers will be conducting special DUI overtime enforcement patrols this coming weekend to ensure the safety of Alaskans while celebrating Halloween. Local law enforcement agencies will also participate in the enhanced enforcement efforts from Friday, October 28th through Tuesday, November 1st. In the spirit of safety, the ramped up holiday enforcement will focus on drivers impaired by alcohol or drugs.

Regardless of what your ultimate plans are for Halloween, Troopers encourage you to always practice safe driving behaviors on the roads while traveling to and from your destination. Don’t brew up trouble this Halloween, if you consume drugs or alcohol, plan to either stay the night or have a sober driver take you home. Don’t be tricked into driving impaired, treat yourself with a plan to get home safely.

Troopers encourage everyone to Report Every Dangerous Driver Immediately by calling 9-1-1.

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ADOT&PF Reminds Drivers to Prepare for Winter Conditions

Public NoticesWith areas of the state forecast to see winter weather, the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities (ADOT&PF) reminds drivers to be prepared for winter driving and offers tips to help you have a safe commute.

4 Tips for Winter Driving, courtesy ADOT&PF

Drivers can follow four tips for a safe winter commute. First, be sure to give yourself extra time to reach your destination. If you have the option, consider staying home until roads are cleared and sanded. Second, be sure to clear off all the snow and ice from the outside of your vehicle. Don’t forget mirrors, windows, lights and both windshields. Third, turn on your vehicle’s headlights before getting on the road. Be sure to use turn signals, too; this is especially important when visibility is poor. Finally, always allow more room between you and the vehicle in front of you. This gives you time to react if you encounter unexpected conditions.

Each winter, ADOT&PF maximizes its resources to meet the provided operating budget. This winter will be no different. However, response time to all routes may take longer depending on the severity of the winter storm.

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Parks Highway Church to Pittman Road Update

Public Notices

The Alaska Department of Transportation is working with Knik Construction to upgrade the Parks Highway. Upon completion, the Parks Highway, between Church Road (MP 44.5) and Pittman Road (MP 48.8), will be reconstructed from a two-lane highway to a four-lane divided highway, a new bridge will be installed over the railroad at MP 46.5, and continuous highway lighting and new signals will be installed at Stanley Road, Vine Road and Pittman Road. This project is scheduled to be complete by November 2017.

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Studded Tires Now Legal in Alaska North of Latitude 60

Public NoticesThe Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities (ADOT&PF) reminds drivers that they may now use studded tires on Alaska’s paved highways and roads north of latitude 60. Studded tires will be legal to use in Alaska communities located south of latitude 60 on October 1.

Latitude 60 crosses Alaska from east to west just south of Prince William Sound, Seward and Chefornak. While the 60th parallel also crosses just south of Ninilchik on the Sterling Highway, Alaska law permits drivers to use studded tires on any paved portion of the Sterling Highway beginning Sept. 15 of each year.

ADOT&PF reminds Alaskans that studded tires are one way they can prepare their vehicle for winter driving conditions. The department recommends that drivers read the owner’s manual of their vehicle and check the following: tire pressure, defroster & heater, battery & lights, motor oil, antifreeze, belts, hoses, filters, brakes, brake fluid, wiper blades and windshield washer fluid. Anyone traveling in Alaska during winter should also consider carrying extra items such as flares, candles, blankets, food and a shovel in case they become stranded.

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Public Notice: Big Lake Roundabout Paving this Saturday

Public NoticesJolt Construction will be paving the Big Lake Roundabout this Saturday, August 6th, from 7 am to 7 pm. Expect delays and try to use an alternate route.
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