The Road Maintenance Section manufactures, purchases, installs and maintains all street and traffic control signs on all Borough roads. However, there are certain signs the Borough does not install or maintain. These signs are installed or maintained by individuals, homeowners associations, or subdivision owners.
Road sign criteria is as follows:
|Sign||Maintained by Borough||Maintained by Others||Criteria|
|Street Name||Yes||No||Only 1 sign per street. No cross signs unless a major intersection|
|Street Name||No||Subdivider||On newly constructed subdivision roads|
|No||Subdivider||On newly constructed subdivision roads|
|School Bus Stop Ahead||Yes||No||As requested by School District Transportation|
|Speed||Yes||No||On major roads maintained by Borough|
|Speed||No||Individuals or Homeowners Associations||On approval by Engineering Division Manager. Borough to provide posts and install. Speed limits desired other than state or borough standards require approval by the Public Works Director|
Children at Play
|No||Individuals or Homeowners Associations||Installed on private property. Need Borough Encroachment Permit if in Borough right-of-way|
|Yes||No||On major roads maintained by Borough|
|No||Subdivider||On newly constructed subdivision roads if required|
|Large Signs||No||Individuals or Homeowners Associations||Need Borough Encroachment Permit if in Borough right-of-way|
StandardsThe Borough follows Department of Transportation and Public Facilities (DOT/PF) standards. Those standards are the MUTCD (Manual of Uniform Traffic Control Devices) with the Alaska Supplement.
Standard placement of signs is to be 12' from the shoulder of the road with bottom of sign 5 to 7 feet above the shoulder level of the road. When going from a minor to a major road, sign should be placed on the right side. Individuals should contact us (861-7755) for locating placement of signs other than at this standard placement.
A large portion of the sign maintenance budget is drained by replacement of signs that have been vandalized or stolen. Vandals and/or the thieves will be prosecuted if caught. We request that members of the public help us minimize waste of taxpayer funds by reporting any observed vandalism or theft. To report down or missing signs in your area call (907) 861-7755 to speak with the Road Services Division.