Press Release: City Core Crew

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CITY CORE CREW IMPLEMENTED TO IMPROVE DOWNTOWN AREA MAINTENANCE

This winter the City Public Works Department is starting a focused routine maintenance effort in the historic downtown business district. During winter months crews will perform snow removal every Wednesday night between 9:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. Work will focus on Barnette to Noble Streets and 1st through 5th Avenues, including Wickersham and 2nd and 3rd Avenues to Cowles Street. Winter maintenance will consist primarily of snow removal from streets, sidewalks, curb faces and corner ramps to improve safety for pedestrians and motorists. During summer months our crews will continue a weekly maintenance effort that will consist of street and sidewalk sweeping and garbage collection.

The historic downtown presents a challenge in that much of the available parking is curb side within the public right-of-way, which is not the case in other retail areas where parking is restricted to surface lots. By performing this work routinely on Wednesday nights we hope that over time downtown residents and business owners will anticipate that Wednesday evenings vehicles cannot be parked in the street, allowing our crews to effectively remove snow.

Last year the City unveiled a new articulated tractor specially made for sidewalk maintenance. The small orange tractor is only 42 inches at the widest dimension and can turn a very tight ninety-degree turn along sidewalks at street corners. The equipment can be equipped with either a blade or broom depending on the snow conditions, including an attachment to spread sand. The equipment was purchased with grant funding obtained through the Fairbanks Metropolitan Area Transportation System (FMATS).

Contact: Mike Schmetzer, Public Works Director, mjschmetzer@ci.fairbanks.ak.us, 907.590.3701

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