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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 9, 2015
No.: 15-2514
Contact: Jeremy Woodrow, 907-465-8994, Jeremy.Woodrow@alaska,gov
ADOT&PF suspends seasonal weight restrictions on travel to Prudhoe Bay
Dalton Highway still closed from Mile 399 to 405

(FAIRBANKS, Alaska) – The Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities (ADOT&PF) will suspend temporary seasonal weight restrictions for commercial vehicles traveling the Dalton, Elliott and Steese highways north to Prudhoe Bay.

The Dalton Highway remains closed from Mile 399-405 until announced otherwise. Crews from the State of Alaska and its contractors continue working to open the road.

The department’s Measurement Standards and Commercial Vehicle Enforcement section has implemented the following:

  • Commercial motor vehicles transporting commodities to Prudhoe Bay will be allowed 100 percent of legal axle weight on the Steese and Elliott highways;
  • Extension of shifting of legal axle weight on drive groups of up to 2,000 pounds per drive axle for 1-3 drive axle groups through April 15, 2015. This applies to commercial vehicles operating on the Steese, Elliott and Dalton highways engaged in providing emergency relief to the Dalton disaster and Prudhoe Bay;
  • Expedited processing of commercial vehicles at weigh stations in support of providing emergency relief to the Dalton disaster area and Prudhoe Bay;
  • Immediate permit processing of permits requested to move oversized loads or vehicles in support of providing relief to the Dalton disaster; and
  • Emergency permitting available outside normal permitting hours for commercial vehicles engaged in providing emergency relief.

All other seasonal weight restrictions remain in effect and can be found at dot.alaska.gov/weightrestrictions.

Updates on the status of the Dalton Highway can be found at dot.alaska.gov/nreg/dalton-updates/. Please check 511.alaska.gov for current road conditions before traveling.

The Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities oversees 239 airports, 10 ferries serving 35 communities, more than 5,600 miles of highway and 776 public facilities throughout the state of Alaska. The mission of the department is to “Keep Alaska Moving through service and infrastructure.”

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