ANCHORAGE, Alaska — April 15 is still Tax Day across the U.S., but another deadline set to fall on the same day -- Alaska’s date for the removal of studded tires from motor vehicles -- is now three weeks away throughout the state.
According to a Tuesday statement from Alaska State Troopers spokesperson Beth Ipsen, an emergency order from Department of Public Safety Commissioner Joe Masters has extended the deadline to May 1 for all roads in Alaska, due to recent snow and road conditions.
Under state law roads north of 60 degrees latitude, as well as the Sterling Highway, always fall under the May 1 deadline. Roads south of the line face an April 15 deadline -- unless an order like Tuesday’s, which Ipsen says has become fairly common, is issued.
“We’ve done this every year in the last four or five years,” Ipsen said. “In Southcentral Alaska, this doesn’t change a thing -- our deadline was always May 1.”