Downtown Snow Removal Standard

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The City of Fairbanks has agreed to a downtown snow removal standard to support the downtown business climate and to avoid appearances of neglect in the downtown core.  It reads:

When accumulated snow depth reaches 6”, as measured at the Fairbanks International Airport, COF Public Works Department will post signage for snow removal in the Fairbanks downtown core area within 72 hours (1st – 5th Avenues, Wickersham to Noble Street).  Snow removal operations will begin 24 hours after that.  This standard is contingent on a night crew being staffed and emergency routes being cleared first. 

This standard was almost a year in the making.  The Mayor and other city personnel deserve a good deal of credit for recognizing the need for such a standard.  We will be watching and working with the city to see that it can be met.