DOT&PF Coordinating Escorted Convoys on Taylor Highway
(FAIRBANKS, Alaska) – The Department of Transportation & Public Facilities (DOT&PF) is coordinating three roundtrip convoys later this week to escort traffic on the Taylor Highway. Convoys are open to all traveling public, with size restrictions.
Extreme rain washed out sections of the Taylor Highway in mid-July. The road is still heavily damaged, including one 30-mile long section limited to one lane. Due to the narrow road, size restrictions are in place: no trailers of any kind, no motor homes, no overloads, no over width loads and no buses. Commercial trucks without a trailer will be permitted.Experts have determined that the road bed is currently safe; however, it is still prone to movement and vulnerable in the event of additional rain. Pilot car operators leading the convoys are trained to identify changes that could endanger the traveling public. The convoy will travel the closed section of the Taylor Highway between Eagle and milepost 97, just past the junction of the Top of The World Highway. The convoy schedule consists of the following:
Wednesday Aug. 4
Thursday Aug. 5
Friday Aug. 6
Eagle to MP 97
MP 97 to Eagle
If travelers miss the departure time they will need to wait for the next convoy. These are the only scheduled convoys at this time.
Convoys are weather dependent. In case of heavy rain travel will be cancelled.
For updates visit 511.alaska.gov or call 511.
Posted: August 3, 2010