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PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT

 Solid Waste Department needs your help to keep hazardous waste out of your landfill!
 
The City of Valdez will be holding  
Household Hazardous Waste Clean-up Day
 
SATURDAY
AUGUST 01, 2015
AT THE CITY BALER FACILTY
9am-5pm
500 S. Sawmill Rd
 
During Clean-up Day, the Baler facility will be accepting any and all household hazardous waste (paint, miscellaneous household chemicals, pesticides, etc.).
 
Hazardous waste, as defined by City Code 8.08.020, cannot be put in your trash cans or dumpsters.
 
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CITY OF VALDEZ PUBLIC NOTICE

   City water is scheduled to be shut off in the Robe River subdivision between 9:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday July 29th for required maintenance.
Notices will be delivered to those impacted by the outage. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and thank you for your patience.
Please direct questions and concerns regarding the outage to the City Public Works Department at 835-4473.
RICHARDSON HIGHWAY RUMBLE STRIPS MP 115-257

Installation begins Aug. 8; rumble strips will narrow sections of the driving lane by a couple inches

The Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities (ADOT&PF), with contractor Specialized Pavement Markings Inc., will begin rumble strip installation Saturday, Aug. 8, on the Richardson Highway from Glennallen to just south of Fort Greely. Surveying will take place today through Saturday, Aug. 1.
This project will install edgeline rumble strips along various sections of the highway from Mile 115 through Mile 257 and will also include some asphalt repair. During the project, drivers can expect daytime delays with flagging and pilot car operations. Work is set to wrap up by the end of August.

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