School gets parking lot outlets for car heaters

FAIRBANKS, Alaska — A construction project aimed at improving Fairbanks air quality is affecting a high school during the opening weeks of school.

Crews are installing electrical outlets in the parking lot of West Valley High School so students and staff can plug in vehicle headbolt heaters.

The heaters warm car engines and cut down on pollution emitted by cold starts.

The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner (http://bit.ly/1fz8Ppi) reports about half of the school parking lot is unavailable during construction.

People are parking in temporary lots,

The state Department of Transportation is overseeing the installation. School district projects manager Larry Morris says the district didn’t have control over timing of the installation.

The federal government is paying for the $800,000 project and the first three years of power costs.

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