Studded tire deadline looms

Posted: Friday, April 10, 2009

The Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities reminds motorists the studded tire season is about to end, and they should remove studded tires by the legal deadline.

"The use of studded tires is a major factor in the deterioration of our highways, and their use must be strictly enforced to the legal season," said DOT Commissioner Leo von Scheben.

Vehicles driving on roads south of 60 degrees latitude have until Wednesday before they must be removed. Meanwhile, vehicles driving on roads north of the 60 degrees north latitude have until May 1.

The 60 degree latitude line crosses Alaska south of Ninilchik and north of Happy Valley and just north of Yakutat in Southeast Alaska.

Communities subject to the April 15 deadline include Anchor Point, Homer, Kodiak and Southeast Alaska.

Communities subject to the May 1 deadline include Cordova, Seward, Soldotna, Anchorage, the Matanuska-Susitna Valley and north to Interior Alaska.

Those driving with studded tires after the deadlines could be issued a correctable citation containing a $50 fine for each tire.

For more information, call Roger Wetherell at 907-465-8994 or e-mail to

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