Richardson Highway

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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 Transportation and Public Facilities

The State Department of Transportation is considering raising the speed limit on a stretch of the Richardson Highway through North Pole from 55 to 65 miles per hour. But the agency first wants to make some changes to the highway to ensure safety.


Tim Ellis/KUAC

Motorists will finally get a break next month from the detours and congestion around a couple of major construction projects under way on the Richardson Highway south of Fairbanks. The work will wrap-up for the season on both the railroad-overpass and weigh-station projects – then ramp up again next year.


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The Paxson Lodge is closed. The owner of the roadhouse at the junction of the Richardson and Denali highways says he shut the lodge down last week due to slow business and high operating costs. It’s the latest of several Richardson Highway roadhouses that have closed down in recent years.


A Wasilla-based company has launched a new bus service that runs twice weekly on the Parks Highway between Fairbanks and Wasilla, and points in between. Schleuter Services’s buses provide economical public transportation between the Interior and Southcentral, and an essential link on the road system that enables Alaskans in rural areas to get to and from the jobs, shopping, family and friends in the city – without having to move from their communities. KUAC’s Tim Ellis reports.

Updated: A 20-year-old Fort Wainwright soldier in listed in critical condition this morning at an Anchorage hospital where he’s being treated for injuries he sustained after being struck by a pickup in the parking lot of a roadhouse 50 miles south of Fairbanks.


10 a.m. update: The state Transportation Department has closed a portion of the Richardson Highway around Paxson, due to snowfall and drifts in the roadway. Traffic is being halted just south of Fort Greely until the roadway is cleared.


Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities

State transportation officials will unveil their plans tonight on a project that’s designed to improve safety and the flow of traffic on a stretch of the Richardson Highway through North Pole.