Snow removal on state roads will slow this year
Budget crunch forces resources to stretch according to area manager
Source: Alaska DOT
The graphic shows the priority DOT has assigned for snow removal on state roads this coming winter.
The state's Dept. of Transportation is warning motorists that snow removal may be slower than normal this year due to budget cuts.
"With areas of the state beginning to see winter weather...ADOT&PF is preparing to manage Alaska's roads with fewer resources," DOT said last week, when areas of the state experienced the first significant snows of the season.
"People are going to see more accumulation on the roads," said Robert Dunning, the Valdez area DOT manager.
State snow removal resources in Valdez will be stretched to meet the need, but travelers outside of the immediate area should consider using online resources before road travel this winter, including Thompson Pass.
He advised winter travelers outside the area check the state's 511 website.
DOT has assigned rankings for snow removal priority on state maintained roadways. In Valdez, the Richardson Highway is assigned to a Level 2 priority. Dayville Rd. the only entrance or exit to the Alyeska's Valdez Marine Terminal, is a Level 3.