Department proposes overhaul of Dalton Highway

Dec 20, 2013 -- 11:45am
- FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) - The state transportation department has proposed rerouting a dangerous section of Alaska's northernmost highway. This comes with traffic on the Dalton Highway growing. The long-haul trucking road is mostly used to carry supplies to Prudhoe Bay but increasingly tourists also are using the road. The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports the plan would reroute a 7  1/2-mile stretch, which a state engineering manager called the most hazardous part of the 414-mile highway due to the mountainous terrain. Under the plan, the intersection of the Dalton and Elliott highways would be moved about a mile closer to the south and a new road built that passes through a nearby valley instead. The department is taking public comments to include in the initial development of the project. Those are due by Tuesday.

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