DOT&PF Responds to Winter Storm
(ANCHORAGE, Alaska) – A winter snow storm that dropped several inches of heavy snow during the early morning hours today has produced a correspondingly aggressive response from the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities.
The storm’s heavy wet snow began falling along the hillside in Anchorage where DOT&PF road crews were deployed to address deep snow and downed trees. By early morning the storm began depositing snow in the Anchorage bowl and most of south central Alaska, north and south of Anchorage.
In the Mat-Su valley, driving conditions are difficult with heavy snow pack on most of the Parks and Glenn highways. The worst section as of late Monday morning was the Parks Highway between Big Lake and Wasilla. Additional DOT&PF Mat-Su road crews were being shifted to this area.
The Kenai Peninsula fared somewhat better than most of the region with a mix of difficult to fair driving conditions reported for the Sterling and Seward highways.
“DOT&PF road crews and equipment have been fully deployed since the onset of the storm and will remain on the job as we work to bring road conditions back to the safe and acceptable condition the public expects,” said DOT&PF Maintenance and Operations Chief Mike Coffey.
As of mid-day Monday in the Anchorage area, DOT&PF’s deployment of manpower and equipment included 6 plow/sander trucks, 5 graders, 2 belly dump sanders and 2 sidewalk blowers. Along the Seward Highway south of Anchorage, additional ADOT&PF crews are at work performing avalanche control work from Bird Flats to the Sterling Highway “Y”.
DOT&PF’s Central Region Maintenance and Operations Chief Randy Vanderwood reported, “Night shift road crews were staying late and day shift crews were coming in early. We are wide open with everything at our disposal battling conditions.”
ADOT&PF advises motorists to avoid being out of the streets if at all possible, but if you have to drive, expect difficult wintertime conditions, be alert and reduced speeds. In addition, drivers could encounter road crews and plow trucks, and should exercise extreme caution.
Updates on road conditions can be found at the 511.alaska.gov website or by dialing 511 on your telephone.