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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 17, 2015
No.: 15-2522
Contact: Betsy Hess, (907) 699-6028, betsy.hess@alaska.gov
ADOT&PF opens Dalton Highway to 24-hour traffic
Flagging operations, some restrictions on commercial vehicles still in effect
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photo: Trenching Operations on Dalton Highway
Trenching operations continue to divert water away from the Dalton Highway. Photo taken Friday, April 17, 2015

(DEADHORSE, Alaska) – The Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities (ADOT&PF) has moved to 24-hour traffic for private and commercial vehicles on the Dalton Highway. The section between Miles 399-403 still will be controlled by flaggers.

"Opening the road to 24-hour traffic is a milestone in the flood response," said Mike Coffey, ADOT&PF Statewide Director of Maintenance and Operations and the State Incident Commander. "It's been an incredible effort by everyone involved."

The department has also dropped restrictions on low boys and double drop trailers transiting the flooded section of the highway.

Restrictions on loads wider than 12 feet still apply. Crews continue trenching operations and pushing back berms to open more of the roadway to two-lane traffic.

Staff are maintaining the road between pilot car convoys to keep the surface smooth.

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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