Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities

Larkins Collection, Leonard Larkins

Alaskans will celebrate the Alaska Highway’s 75th anniversary this year, and organizers of those celebrations plan to include tributes to the African-American soldiers who helped carve the road out of rugged wilderness. On Tuesday, a roomful of people at the Greater Fairbanks Chamber of Commerce meeting got to meet one of them.


The Alaska Department of Transportation’s summer road-construction season has begun, with major projects in Fairbanks and on both the Richardson and Parks highways. Crews are hustling to get as much work done as possible during the short construction season.

Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation

Cleanup has resumed along a stretch of the Richardson Highway near Paxson, where more than 4,000 gallons of diesel was spilled when a Fairbanks-based tanker wrecked in January. But it may take years to clean up all the contamination.

Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation

Officials with the state Department of Environmental Conservation and a Fairbanks-based trucking company are still assessing the extent of a recent fuel spill along the Richardson Highway south of Paxson. Officials with the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation say it appears that diesel from a Colville Transport tanker crash has seeped into the road bed.

Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation

The driver of a diesel-fuel tanker truck lost control of his rig Monday and wrecked in a remote spot on the Richardson Highway south of Paxson, spilling some 4,000 gallons of diesel fuel. And now, officials with a Fairbanks-based trucking company and the state are trying to figure out a way to remove contaminated material from the area while allowing traffic to pass through the narrow, winding stretch of roadway.

Alaska Department of Transportation

The fate of a state owned public water source north of Fairbanks remains in limbo. The Fox Spring is a popular place for locals to get their drinking water, but the state wants to divest of the property to eliminate rising maintenance costs for the aging well. As KUAC’s Dan Bross reports, sale to a neighboring landowner is in the works, while a citizens group explores other options.

Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation

Updated: An second situation report issued Wednesday afternoon by the Alaska Department of Conservation says the amount of diesel recovered from the spill now totals just over 3,500 gallons, down from the previous estimate of 5,000 gallons. DEC also says frequent monitoring of the area affected by the spill shows it had grown in size, indicating the spilled fuel continues to spread.

Maintaining roads as permafrost thaws …

The growing challenge of fixing Alaska’s roads …


Fairbanks got its first major snowfall of the season today (Fri). As usual, drivers are counting on the state to plow and sand highways and some side roads, but budget cuts mean reduced maintenance. As KUAC’s Dan Bross reports, the downsized operation is expected to be tested this winter.