(Martin Helkenn, ADOT&PF photo)
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 ends Oct. 15. Crews will begin opening the 135-mi. 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 ends 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-mi. road over about a four-week period. The border crossing on the Top of The World Highway closed earlier this fall and will remain closed until next May.
McCarthy Road: Runs from the Edgerton Highway in Chitina to McCarthy. Regular maintenance ends 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 ended 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 ended 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.