- Associated Press - Thursday, June 4, 2015

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) - The Fox spring in Fairbanks is expected to go dry this summer as the Alaska Department of Transportation deals with budget cuts.

The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports (http://bit.ly/1eQLaYk ) that DOT officials say there is no funding to restore the spring, which is located about 10 miles north of Fairbanks.

DOT spokeswoman Meadow Bailey says the department is hoping to sell the spring or find a public entity to take over its operation. The department is preparing for a 16 percent cut to its budget, with the maintenance budget taking the hardest hit.

Bailey says the agency is preparing for a 30-day comment period in anticipation of relinquishing ownership of the spring.

The well that feeds the spring is 29 feet deep and nearly dry. The apparent solution is to drill a deeper well.

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Information from: Fairbanks (Alaska) Daily News-Miner, http://www.newsminer.com

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