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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

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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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Put Your Address on Your House

Public NoticesMaking your address clearly visible can ensure that emergency personnel find your home quickly.

It’s Borough Code 11.20.060

Posting your street address is required.

Amy Broome, a Specialist with Mat-Su Emergency Services, and several firefighters and EMTs have visited more than 1,300 students, 3rd-5th graders, throughout the Borough from Glacier View to Talkeetna.They have been reminding our students on the importance of addressing.
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Alaska State Land Sales 2016, Auction No. 478

Public NoticesThis year's State of Alaska Annual Land Auction #478 features over 240 parcels statewide, in a variety of areas throughout the state. DNR is excited to offer Alaskans a chance to purchase their own piece of Alaska. From road-accessible parcels near Anchorage, the Mat-Su, and Fairbanks to remote lots on wilderness lakes, this offering features a wide selection of parcels.

Additional copies of the brochure are also available from the Public Information Centers. If you need this brochure or other information about DNR land offerings in an alternate format, please contact the Anchorage Public Information Center at 907-269-8400. To view corrections made to this brochure after the publication date see the Errata sheet.

Thank you for your interest in buying land from the State of Alaska.

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Burning in Alaska

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The majority of wildland fires in Alaska are caused by careless human activity.
Alaska's fire season is from April 1st to August 31st.
Burn permits are required during fire season for all open burning, with a few exceptions.
State laws and regulations pertaining to burning practices apply statewide all year. (AS 41.15.010-41.15-170 and 11 AAC95 Article 6).
Burn permits are subject to burn restrictions, suspensions, and closures.
All Burn Barrels require a burn permit and are subject to burn restrictions, suspensions and closures.
Campfires and warming fires less than 3 feet x 3 feet do not need a general burn permit. Remember burn safely, have tools and water, and put the fire out before you leave.
You are responsible for any fire you set or cause until it is 'dead out'. Fully understand and follow safe burning practices.
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Alaska wildland fires from 2015 still pose risks this year

Public NoticesA year after the second-largest fire season on record in Alaska, the 2015 fire season is still smoking.
The Alaska Division of Forestry has detected 16 “holdover” fires so far this season, including one on Saturday that ignited the 8,130-acre Medfra Fire now burning in a remote part of Southwest Alaska.

Holdover fires are just what the term implies, fires that were thought to be extinguished but come back to life the following season when conditions dry out and temperatures warm up. While not uncommon in fire-prone Alaska, the number of holdover fires this summer is much higher than normal.

State Forestry has found 12 holdover fires in the Kenai/Kodiak Area, three in Southwest Alaska and one in the Mat-Su Valley. All but one of those reported on the Kenai Peninsula were found within the perimeter of the Card Street Fire that burned almost 8,900 acres last year near Soldotna. The remaining holdover fire was from the 2014 Funny River Fire, which burned almost 200,000 acres.


Firefighters in the Mat-Su Valley on Sunday discovered a holdover fire from last year’s 7,500-acre Sockeye Fire in Willow.
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Funding Opportunities: Alaska Transportation Alternatives Program (ATAP)

Public NoticesThe Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21) authorized the Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) to provide funding for programs and projects defined as transportation alternatives. The TAP replaced the funding from pre-MAP-21 programs including the Transportation Enhancement Activities, Recreational Trails Program, Safe Routes to School Program. Map-21 apportioned funding distributions to MPOs with greater than 200,000 urbanized area populations, and apportioned funding to rural, urban and a statewide program.

A match of 20% is required for all TAP projects.

The FAST ACT eliminated the “Flexibility of Excess Reserved Funding” provision which allowed excess TAP funds for any TAP-eligible activity or for projects eligible under the Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement Program (CMAQ).

Available Funding:

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Nurses Week

Public NoticesWHEREAS, nurses in Alaska are a community treasure, as they bring compassion, understanding, and comfort to patients while using their knowledge and skills to deliver medical care; and

WHEREAS, we appreciate the dedication of the responsible men and women of Alaska who have chosen nursing as a career. These devoted and responsible professionals make a difference in the quality of lives and medical care every day in a variety of settings, impacting all Alaskans; and

WHEREAS, studies indicate that the appropriate levels of nurse staffing contribute to improved health outcomes, shorter hospital stays, fewer adverse events, safer patient care, and improved nursing work environments; and


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