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Department proposes overhaul of Dalton Highway

By Associated Press 12:45 PM December 20, 2013

The long-haul trucking road is mostly used to carry supplies to Prudhoe Bay but increasingly tourists also are using the road.

FAIRBANKS – 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 (http://bit.ly/19CB9IK ) the plan would reroute a 7 ½-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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