Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities

Denali Highway Opens Cantwell to Paxson

May 21, 2020
Robyne / KUAC

A popular recreational access route has opened just in time for the long Memorial Day weekend. The state Department of Transportation says the 135-mile-long Denali Highway, between Cantwell on the Parks Highway, and Paxson on the Richardson,


Taylor Highway Opens

Apr 21, 2020
Robyne / KUAC

State Department of Transportation crews have cleared the 160-mile Taylor Highway from the intersection with the Alaska Highway to the city of Eagle.

The highway usually is open by now, but this winter’s extreme snowfall and drifting, along with flooding from ice jams, have delayed the opening by several weeks. A D-O-T news release issued this (Wed) morning says crews started removing snow and ice along the highway in mid-March.

Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities

A snowier-than-average winter and four consecutive years of budget cuts and have stretched the state Department of Transportation’s ability to plow state roads to the limit. Department Commissioner Marc Luiken says that’s forced him and his workers to come up with more efficient ways to get the job done.


Alaska State Troopers

A 23-car pileup closed a slippery stretch of the Johansen Expressway for nearly three hours Tuesday afternoon. Only minor injuries were reported, but the chain-reaction wrecks closed the two westbound lanes between Peger Road and University Avenue – right after four state Department of Transportation snowplows had passed through the area.


Tim Ellis/KUAC

Unseasonably warm and wet weather last month laid down a coating of hard-to-remove all around the Interior. That’s kept the crews that remove snow and ice from roads and runways busy.


WBUR

Four public buildings around Fairbanks will offer more electrical outlets in their parking lots next year to encourage customers to plug-in their engine-block heaters during cold snaps. The project is intended to help improve the area’s air quality.


Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities

Work is wrapping on a project to rebuild the northernmost stretch of the Dalton Highway that was badly damaged two-and-a-half years ago by flooding from the overflowing Sagavanirktok River. Once that and two other road-improvement projects on that part of the Dalton are all complete, the state plans to pave the 52-mile stretch of the road.


Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities

The state Department of Transportation will close the Richardson Highway near Black Rapids for 12 hours Thursday evening as part of a project to replace the Ruby Creek bridge.


Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities

Work began this week on a project to widen a stretch of the Richardson at the South Gate of Eielson Air Force Base. The project also will add turn lanes for the gate. The work will slow traffic through the area for the next two months.


Larkins Collection, Leonard Larkins

Alaskans will celebrate the Alaska Highway’s 75th anniversary this year, and organizers of those celebrations plan to include tributes to the African-American soldiers who helped carve the road out of rugged wilderness. On Tuesday, a roomful of people at the Greater Fairbanks Chamber of Commerce meeting got to meet one of them.


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