Snow Causes Closures and 15 Moose Deaths
Heavy snowfall increases dangers for humans and moose on roads
The department is moving resources in from other areas around the state to supplement the equipment and operators already in Anchorage to help manage the storm.
“Know that your Department of Transportation Maintenance and Operations has all available equipment and crew out working to clear the streets as quickly as possible,” said commissioner Marc Luiken. “Stay tuned to 511 for additional travel advisories.”
Due to the weather and road conditions the following are canceled for Friday: elementary and middle school after school programs, the 21st Century Learning Center program, high school CTE buses for students who participate in 7 and 8 hour classes, the Girdwood late-afternoon activity bus and Boys and Girls Club.
All regular bus routes to Girdwood will proceed as scheduled, along with high school after-school activities. Camp Fire and the YMCA will be open as well.
UAA's Anchorage, Eagle River and JBER campuses will remain open for the remainder of the day, but classes scheduled to take place at 3 p.m. or later are canceled.
The weather is also affecting the moose population. Since 5 p.m. on Thursday the Alaska Moose Federation (AMF) has picked up 15 dead moose – 13 of which were car/moose collisions. The program is bringing the salvageable moose to local charities.
“We are urging drivers to drive very safe,” said AMF’s Gary Olson. “Due to the existing snowfall and all the new snow moose are being pushed to the roads.”