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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 13, 2015
No.: 15-2518
Contact: Meadow Bailey, (907) 451-2240, meadow.bailey@alaska.gov

ADOT&PF Opens Dalton to Limited Traffic
Commercial Vehicles Can Travel Between 8 a.m to 5:30 p.m.

(DEADHORSE, Alaska) – The Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities (ADOT&PF) is increasing traffic through Miles 395-405 Dalton Highway. For safety reasons, this is limited to commercial vehicles only. The Dalton Highway between Miles 395 to 405 remains closed to all private vehicles.

Beginning Tuesday, April 14, 2015, convoys of up to 50 vehicles will be allowed through at a time. Access to the flooded part of the highway is being controlled by flaggers.

Northbound traffic will open at 8 a.m. Southbound traffic will start at 10 a.m. for trucks in the staging area by 9:30 a.m. The road will close at 5:30 p.m. each day for overnight heavy maintenance and is expected to reopen the next day at 8 a.m.

Road conditions remained stable as traffic moved through the flooded section of the highway on Monday. State and contractor crews are continuing trenching efforts to move water away from the road.

"The hard work of crews is paying off as we're seeing more water moving away from the highway," said Mike Coffey, ADOT&PF Statewide Director of Maintenance and Operations and the State Incident Commander.

The Dalton Unified Incident Command expects to allow about 100-200 trucks daily through Tuesday and Wednesday, weather permitting. The area forecast calls for favorable conditions through Saturday.

Updates on the Dalton Highway are being posted daily in these locations:

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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