Dalton Highway Update 5/14/2016
Rising water subsided
Water is seen near Mile 397. Although the water in that area had been rising Friday night, it subsided Saturday morning.
Update for May 13, 2016
Temperatures along the Dalton Highway south of Deadhorse are expected to start cooling off tonight. Saturday’s forecast shows temperatures in the lower 30s during the day and 20s at night. These conditions are providing a more gradual breakup of the Sagavanirktok River than was seen last year.
Water from nearby snow and ice melt is seen on the highway at Mile 392, narrowing the northbound lane on May 13, 2016. (ADOT&PF photo.)
Ice melt and water flow in the river have increased, with many areas of water flowing openly in the river.
The road is currently seeing minor impacts from melting ice and snow. Shoulders are soft beside the berm at Mile 394-397 due to saturated material. Snowmelt has overtopped the shoulder at Mile 392 and is narrowing the northbound lane. This water is coming from nearby ice and snow melt, not from the river breakup. To address the water at Mile 392, this weekend, ADOT&PF staff will be providing more spillways for that water to move away from the road.
Water flows nicely near Mile 414, May 13, 2016. (ADOT&PF photo.)