Fairbanks: Public Works Update: Snow Plowing Rotational Schedule & General Updates
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~ Residents of the City of Fairbanks have been facing challenging weather patterns due to fluctuating daytime temperatures. To address the icy and slippery road and sidewalk conditions, sanding trucks have been out up to six days a week. The City of Fairbanks Public Works Department has been plowing streets throughout the city for several weeks, and recently new employees were able to practice and improve their skills removing snow berms on major streets and in the downtown core.

The City of Fairbanks does not use salt on the roads within its responsibility during the winter months. Instead, they employ sanding chips and plowing techniques to address icy road conditions in order to strike a balance between safety and environmental consciousness. Residents are encouraged to take necessary precautions and drive safely during winter weather.

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The City of Fairbanks has released its 2023-2024 Snow Plowing Schedule which is updated weekly. The schedule rotates through residential areas every four to six weeks, with snow removal and hauling away twice in neighborhoods during the day. In addition, night shift crews will address the Downtown Core Area (First Avenue-Fifth Avenue between Barnette and Noble Streets).

Orange signs or message boards will be placed in subdivisions to notify residents of any changes or schedule updates. When areas are posted, all vehicles/trailers must be removed from the roadway in order for crews to remove all snow. It is important for residents to note that transferring snow from private property/driveways into the street, City right of way, or drainage ditches is prohibited per FGC Sec. 70-321(b) and FGC Sec. 82-336B, which could result in a minimum $200 fee or higher if actual costs of snow removal by city staff and equipment is more than $200.

The City of Fairbanks encourages cooperation from its residents as they work together to maintain a safe and sustainable community during winter weather conditions.

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