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Paving will require access detours for Fort Richardson

Upcoming Fort Richardson paving projects will require road closures on D Street, to include the closure of the main gate and Fort Richardson overpass of the Glenn Highway.

Beginning Monday, road construction at the Fort Richardson main gate will impact post access. Traffic passing through the Fort Richardson main gate will be reduced to one lane each way Monday through Thursday, so drivers should anticipate delays.

The Fort Richardson main gate will be closed Sept. 19 through 21, and all personnel entering or exiting the post during that period will be using Elmendorf Air Force Base gates. Traffic congestion at the Elmendorf Boniface Visitor Control Center and the Post Road gate search area may be significantly higher than normal during the closure.

Drivers should plan accordingly and consider the Boniface and Post Road gates as alternative routes to the northbound Glenn Highway. The Fort Richardson main gate will reopen Sept. 22, and traffic can be expected to return to near normal levels.

A planned detour map may be viewed on the Fort Richardson Intranet in the “What’s Hot” section, which includes a link to the map.

For more information, call Mark Gordon, with the Directorate of Public Works, at 384-3239.


Know the facts for insuring POVs prior to deploying

Soldiers preparing for deployment who have privately owned vehicles and have questions regarding the requirements of their loan company should contact their loan officer or auto finance company for specific insurance requirements.

Lenders usually require some auto insurance be maintained on vehicles while they are in long-term storage. For instance, the Military and Civilian Federal Credit Union allows Soldiers to reduce their insurance and maintain a “comprehensive only” policy. The MAC FCU handout states this covers vehicles in case of theft or vandalism.

The Fort Wainwright Transportation Office offers a handout on privately owned vehicle storage which states, “The Fort Wainwright Claims Office recommends maintaining your insurance, because it is possible that you will have greater coverage under your policy than under the Personnel Claims Act, which is not intended to act as an insurance policy.” Questions regarding insurance and lender requirements may also be addressed with the Legal Assistance Office.

For legal advice regarding auto insurance and lien-holder requirements, call on Fort Wainwright Legal Assistance Office at 353-6534 or the Fort Richardson Legal Assistance Office at 384-0371.


Studded tires permitted on post beginning Monday

The use of studded tires on Alaska roadways and forts Richardson and Wainwright will be permitted as of Monday.

Drivers who attempt to access the posts using vehicles with studded tires prior to Monday will be refused access at both installations and may be cited at the discretion of the stopping official.

For more information, call 384-0824 for Fort Richardson or 353-7536 for Fort Wainwright.

The use of studded tires on Alaska roadways and forts Richardson and Wainwright will be permitted as of Monday.

Drivers who attempt to access the posts using vehicles with studded tires prior to Monday will be refused access at both installations and may be cited at the discretion of the stopping official.

For more information, call 384-0824 for Fort Richardson or 353-7536 for Fort Wainwright.


Texting forbidden on posts

While cell phone use is still legal on Alaska roads, drivers are reminded cell phone use without an approved hands-free device is illegal on forts Richardson, Wainwright and Greely, as well as Elmendorf and Eielson Air Force bases. Driving privileges may be suspended for up to 30 days for the first offense. Offenders caught texting on military installations will be cited and prosecuted in U.S. District Court to the full extent of the law.