DOT&PF Announces Taylor Highway Re-Opened
(Anchorage, Alaska) – The Department of Transportation and Public Facilities (DOT&PF) announced this morning that the Taylor Highway from Chicken to the Canadian Border has been re-opened to traffic on a limited basis.
DOT&PF will conduct a pilot car operation through roughly 10 miles of one lane road between mileposts 81- 91. Delays should be expected. The road between Boundary/Taylor WYE and Eagle will remain closed for an undetermined amount of time. DOT&PF will continue to monitor road conditions between Chicken and the Taylor/Boundary WYE and make any adjustments necessary for the safety of the public.
A DOT&PF Damage Assessment Team will be on the Taylor Highway Monday and Tuesday of this week. The assessment will provide better information regarding the extent of the damage and estimated schedules and costs for repairs. There will continued work to the roadway between Chicken and the Taylor/Boundary WYE over the next several weeks.
DOT&PF has a total of 26 employees and 6 contracted employees working 24 hours per day on the highway. DOT&PF’s first goal was to reach stranded motorists. Second goal is to establish one lane of traffic to the border. Third goal is to gain access to Eagle.
In addition to the advisory to expect continued delays for pilot car operations between MP 81 to MP 91, DOT&PF is also requesting that drivers be alert and observant of men and equipment actively working on the damaged highway segment. Also, DOT&PF is requesting that drivers not stop or camp on the Taylor Highway between Chicken MP 67 to the Boundary/Taylor WYE MP 95, except at designated BLM campgrounds.
“We’ve worked around the clock to re-establish access to the boarder” said DOT&PF Commissioner, Leo von Scheben. “We appreciate everyone’s understanding and patience as we continue our work to rebuild the Taylor Highway.”For the most up to date information, please refer to 511.alaska.gov, or call 511.
Posted: July 20, 2010