This bald eagle just landed in this black spruce tree in Paxson, probably hoping to find some remains of salmon to snack on. Photo Courtesy Scott Skaleski
A beautiful Paxson sunrise. Photo Courtesy Scott Skaleski
A stunning sunset over Paxson. Photo Courtesy Scott Skaleski
(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.
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
Little Delta, Paxson, Alaska
Photo Courtesy Deb Snyder