Tire changeover anchorage deadline 2021

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (KTUU) - Alaskans relying on help from their studded tires will get a little more time with them this season now that the Department of Public Safety has issued an emergency order extending the deadline to remove them.

Public Safety Commissioner James Cockrell, who was named the new commissioner on Tuesday, issued the emergency order on Wednesday, according to a press release from the department.

The deadline to remove studded tires each year is statutory and usually falls on May 1 for all communities above the 60 degrees north latitude line, or north of Ninilchik, and all portions of the Sterling highway. The deadline for these communities has been extended to May 15.

The regular deadline to remove studded tires for those below the 60 degrees north latitude line, which includes Anchor Point, Homer, Kodiak and Southeast Alaska, is April 15. That deadline has been extended to May 1.

The decision to extend the deadline was made in order to “ease the burden” on Alaskans and help ensure they can drive safely during an extended winter season.

“Spring hasn’t fully arrived yet across much of the state with snow and subzero temperatures still forecasted or present along many highways across the state,” Cockrell is quoted as saying in the release. “This extension provides drivers with an additional margin of safety on icy or snowy roads through breakup.”

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Studded Tires at Alaska Tire Service

When the time comes to choose a set of tires, you’re going to have a wide variety of options to choose from. It’s important to consider numerous variables before you reach a decision. Here in Alaska, this decision becomes even more crucial. You’ve come to the right place. At Alaska Tire Service, we’re proud to be your go-to source for all tire-related things. Read on for important information about studded tires. When you’re ready to check out the models, give us a call or stop in and see us! We’re conveniently located in Anchorage, AK, and serve all of Alaska.

What Are They?

As the name suggests, studded tires have metal studs that are firmly embedded in the tread. These studs are designed to dig into the ice, which provides you with maximum traction on slick roads. Bear in mind that you’ll need extra tread depth to accommodate the studs. Therefore, you’ll need studdable winter tires that are designed for this purpose.

If you attempt to stud winter tires that are not meant to be studded, you could end up causing damage to the structural integrity. This will also compromise the safety and performance of the tire, so you should never attempt to do this. If you need help finding studdable tires, contact your friends at Alaska Tire Service for assistance.

Do You Need Them?

If you’ll only be driving in areas where you’re faced with slush and/or mild snowfall, you will do fine with studless winter tires. However, if you frequently travel in areas that are covered in ice, you’ll want to consider investing in studded tires. There are many benefits, including the proven performance advantage when you need superior grip on icy roads.

What makes the grip so much better on studded tires? First of all, they’re not solely interacting with the surface of the road like other tires are. Instead, the studs are penetrating frozen precipitation. When you accelerate, brake, or turn on an icy road, you’ll have the benefit of the winter tire compound as well as the studs digging into the ice, which gives you a better grip and handling responsiveness.

Ready to get a set of studded tires for your vehicle this winter? We’ve got you covered. Visit us at Alaska Tire Service today! You’ll find us in Eagle River, AK. We carry tires and wheels and offer repairs and financing options.

When Do They Need To Come Off?

The law requires that studs have to be off April 30th – October 1st each year! Remember to book your appointment early as we fill up fast and fines can run as high as $50 per tire for those caught with them during this time!

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General Travel Information

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Studded Tires:

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  • It is unlawful to operate a motor vehicle with studded tires on a paved highway or road from May 1st through September 15th, inclusive, north of 60° North Latitude (all communities north of Ninilchik) and
     
  • It is unlawful to operate a motor vehicle with studded tires on a paved highway or road from April 15th through September 30th, inclusive, south of 60° North Latitude (Anchor Point, Homer, Kodiak and cities and towns in Southeast Alaska), except that at any latitude on a paved portion of the Sterling Highway a person may not operate a motor vehicle with studded tires from May 1st through September 15th, inclusive.and
     
  • Update 9/21/2021: Municipality of Anchorage changed their ordinance in fall 2019, to not allow studded tires within Anchorage city limits until Oct. 1. State law differs, allowing studded tires north of 60 Latitude on Sept. 16. However, Anchorage Police officers can ticket a motorist with studded tires if they are within the city limits. Studded tires are allowed outside of Anchorage city limits (north of 60 Latitude) on Sept. 16.The MOA ordinance is 19-13.

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Reporting Potholes:

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WARNING: Water and asphalt do not mix. Potholes result when water gets into and under asphalt. Motorists should reduce speed while driving through all puddles especially large puddles. We have had many reports of flat tires due to drivers driving too fast through puddles and hitting unseen potholes. Report potholes promptly to the nearest maintenance station in your area. To report potholes on major state routes:

  • Southcoast Region: 907-465-1763
  • Northern Region (Fairbanks / Valdez to Prudhoe Bay): 907-451-2205
  • Anchorage: 907-338-1466
  • Kenai Peninsula: 907-262-2199
  • Mat-Su: 907-861-7755
  • Anywhere in Alaska (tell us the town, state road, and crossroad or milepost): [email protected]

To report potholes on local roads:

  • Municipality of Anchorage: 907-343-8277
  • City & Borough of Juneau: 907-586-5256
  • City of Fairbanks: 907-459-6715
  • Mat-Su Borough: 907-745-9826
  • Kenai Peninsula Borough: 907-262-4427
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Snow Removal:

 

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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (KTUU) - Don’t let the first significant snowfall catch you off guard.

Currently, people north of the 60-degree parallel are able to switch over to studded tires. That includes the Kenai Peninsula, Matanuska-Susitna Borough and the Interior.

Normally, the date for those south of the 60-degree parallel and in Anchorage to be able to use studs is Oct. 1. However, the Municipality of Anchorage announced Tuesday evening it has moved that date up to Thursday, Sept. 23 due to weather conditions.

The municipal traffic engineer issued the order to change this season’s date for when studded tires are allowed based on weather conditions that began Tuesday morning “and upcoming anticipated snow-cover,” according to a public notice from the city.

While there’s no penalty for not having winter tires in the state, Alaska State Troopers say they encourage them, or at least tires with adequate tread heading into the wintry months.

“Some people select the Blizzaks, or a different type of winter tire,” said Lt. Freddie Wells. “The studded tires seem to be the best fit for Alaska. Alaska roadways have hard ice on the surface, and so the studded metal tips in the tires grip the ice a bit better and affords them a greater ability to stop.”

According to the National Weather Service, 70% of winter weather-related deaths occur in vehicles and about 25% of all winter-related fatalities are when people are caught off guard in a storm. Alaska State Troopers say safety isn’t just about the tires.

“We want to ask the public also to make sure that their vehicles are prepared, and they are prepared,” said Wells. “That includes having winter gear inside the car, as well as a snow shovel. We also ask that they be prepared to take a little extra time to stop and maybe prepare a little bit earlier to go out on their journey each day.”

Correction: The original article had incorrectly stated it was currently legal for Anchorage residents to switch over to studded tires, which is not the case, and to reflect the correct dates for studded tire changeover.

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