State extends studded tire deadline

Department of Public Safety Commissioner Joseph Masters issued an emergency order to extend the studded-tire deadline on Alaska roads south of 60 degrees north latitude from April 15 to May 1.


The 60-degree latitude line crosses Alaska south of Ninilchik and north of Happy Valley and just north of Yakutat in Southeast. These communities, with the exception of the Sterling Highway, were subject to the April 15 deadline.


The extension makes May 1 the deadline for all Alaska roads.


According to state law, April 15 and May 1 are the normal deadlines to remove snow tires. The order extends the studded tire season deadline due to poor road conditions in parts of the aforementioned areas.


The Sterling Highway that runs across the Kenai Peninsula falls under the normal May 1 deadline.


The extension should provide motorists with an additional margin of safety on lingering winter roads.


Those driving with studded tires after the deadline could be issued a correctable ticket with a $50 fine.

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