The blueberries were still plentiful and sweet during Labor Day weekend near McClaren Lodge.
Photo Courtesy Cindy Lou Aillaud
(FAIRBANKS, Alaska) – The Alaska Department of Transportation & Public Facilities (ADOT&PF) will end seasonal maintenance, including snow and ice removal, on the Denali Highway, Taylor Highway, McCarthy Road, Tofty/Tanana Road and the Eureka/Rampart Road, in October.
ADOT&PF does not maintain these highways through the winter. The department encourages drivers to remember that travel on a non-maintained highway during the winter is extremely risky.
- Denali Highway: Runs from the Cantwell junction on the Parks Highway to the Paxson Lodge on the Richardson Highway. Maintenance will end Oct. 15. Crews will begin opening the 135-mile Denali Highway in late April. Eight personnel will work about three weeks to open the road from both sides; the road is usually open by May 15.
- Taylor Highway: Runs from the Tetlin Junction on the Alaska Highway to Eagle. Maintenance will end Oct. 15 and will resume in early April. In April, a five-person maintenance crew will begin plowing snow and ice to re-open the 160-mile road over about a four-week period. The border crossing on the Top of The World Highway closed earlier this month and will remain closed until next May.
- McCarthy Road: Runs from the Edgerton Highway in Chitina to McCarthy. Regular maintenance will end Oct. 15 and will resume in the spring. The McCarthy Road may be plowed periodically through the winter so crews can clear the McCarthy runway.
- Tofty/Tanana Road: Runs from Manley to the banks of the Yukon River near Tanana. Maintenance will end Oct. 1. The road will be opened in early spring in coordination with the City of Tanana’s Yukon ice road construction efforts, enabling freight to be transported across the river to Tanana.
- Eureka/Rampart Road: Runs from the Elliott Highway to Rampart. Maintenance will end Oct. 1. The road will be opened in early spring in coordination with the City of Rampart, enabling freight to be transported to Rampart while the road is still frozen.
Drivers can check road conditions at 511.Alaska.Gov or by dialing 511.
A covey of ptarmigan gather to bid farewell after a recent adventure on the Denali Highway.
Photo Courtesy Cindy Lou Aillaud
Rainbow Mountain with fall colors taken from the Denali Hwy.
Photo Courtesy Gary Cooper
(CANTWELL, Alaska) – The Denali Highway will be closed at mile 131, approximately four miles east of Cantwell, for three non-consecutive nights between the evening of Saturday, Sept. 9 and the morning of Thursday, Sept. 14 to allow a contractor to safely install a large box culvert in the roadway.
The road will be closed during the following time periods:
- Saturday, Sept. 9 at 8 p.m. through Sunday, Sept. 10 at 8 a.m.
- Monday, Sept. 11 at 8 p.m. through Tuesday, Sept. 12 at 8 a.m.
- Wednesday, Sept. 13 at 8 p.m. through Thursday, Sept. 14 at 8 a.m.
Between the closures, one lane will be open to traffic until the culvert installation is complete. Once complete, the roadway will be restored to two-lane traffic. Please watch out for flaggers and equipment in the roadway, and use caution when traveling through the construction zone.
This installation is part of a larger project repairing flood damage at several locations along the Denali Highway.
For more information on the project or the closures, please contact Caitlin Frye at (907)451-5307 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Overlooking the Susitna River from the Denali Highway as the last bit of sunset fades on the Alaska Range. Photo Courtesy Steven Miley Photography
(FAIRBANKS, Alaska) – The Denali Highway is now open from Cantwell, on the Parks Highway, to Paxson, on the Richardson Highway.
Beginning in mid-April, maintenance and operations crews with the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities (ADOT&PF) removed snow, thawed culverts and completed repairs along the 135 mile road.
ADOT&PF cautions travelers that there might be delays due to ongoing maintenance activities, including bridge work at Seattle Creek, Denali Highway MP 111. Before traveling, please visit 511.Alaska.Gov, or call 511 for the latest road conditions and construction information. Seasonal weight restrictions are in effect. Updates are available here.
A beautiful afternoon on the Denali Highway. My friend Vincent Blankenship took this image of me doing what I love to do. Photo Courtesy Dwight Phillips
Due to the lack of adequate snow cover and ground frost, OHV Travel will continue to be restricted to designated trails within the federally managed Tangle Lakes Archaeological District (TLAD). This restriction is implemented for the protection of cultural resources, per the East Alaska Resource Management Plan dated July 2007. All designated trails within the TLAD are physically marked with green-dotted Carsonite signs. Routes marked with red dots are closed to motorized vehicles. Maps with designated trail markings are located at trailheads and are also available at the Bureau of Land Management Glennallen Field Office. Once adequate cover of either 12 inches of snow or 6 inches of ground frost is present, OHV Travel in the TLAD will be allowed.
Any person who fails to comply with this restriction may be subject to the penalties provided for in Section 8340.0-7 of 43 CFR. Law Enforcement and emergency response personnel are excluded from this restriction when acting in the course of duty.
The TLAD, located between Milepost 17 and 37 from Paxson, Alaska along the Denali Highway, was accepted to the National Register of Historic Places in 1971. More than 600 located historic and prehistoric sites within the TLAD help to tell the story of human occupation, mining, and hunting for the past 10,000 years.
For more information, see www.blm.gov/ak or contact the BLM Glennallen Field Office at 907-822-3217.
Partnership and Outreach Coordinator
BLM Glennallen Field Office