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DOT&PF Ending Seasonal Maintenance on the Taylor Highway

(FAIRBANKS, Alaska) - The Department of Transportation and Public Facilities (DOT&PF) will discontinue maintenance on the Taylor Highway today.

The Taylor Highway is not maintained during the winter; maintenance usually stops by Oct. 15. This year, maintenance ends today, so permanent repairs can be made to the flood damaged road.

Access to the area has been limited since the end of July as a result of flooding. The unusually heavy rainfall washed out 45 roadway sites, damaged bridges, overwhelmed culverts, and created landslides along a 100 mile section of the Taylor Highway.

Repairs cost about $10 million, involving 75 workers and 60 pieces of equipment to complete. Work was finished last week. The remaining personnel and equipment are demobilizing.

In mid-April, DOT&PF reopens the Taylor Highway by snowplowing the 160 miles from Tetlin Junction to Eagle. This involves five personnel with equipment and takes about two weeks to accomplish.

Road conditions are available online at 511.alaska.gov or by telephoning 511.

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