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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 13, 2021
Press Release: 21-0011
Contact: Caitlin Frye, 907-451-5307, caitlin.frye@alaska.gov

The Denali Highway and McCarthy Road Are Now Open for Public Travel
Drivers are encouraged to check road conditions at 511.alaska.gov before traveling.

(FAIRBANKS, Alaska) - The Denali Highway is now open from Paxson, on the Richardson Highway, to Cantwell, on the Parks Highway and will be regularly maintained until October 1. Beginning in mid-April, maintenance and operations crews with the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities (DOT&PF) removed snow, thawed culverts and completed repairs along the 135-mile road.

McCarthy Road is also now open for public travel and will be regularly maintained until October 1. Conditions on the unpaved, 60-mile road, which runs between the communities of Chitina and McCarthy, will remain fair to difficult throughout the summer season. Drivers can expect a 35 mile-per-hour speed limit, rutting, rocks in the road, potholes, and soft shoulders.

DOT&PF urges drivers to be prepared for changing weather conditions when traveling on remote highways and roads, travel by bringing extra food and water, clothing and footwear for changing weather, and a first aid kit. Before traveling, please visit 511.alaska.gov or call 5-1-1 for the latest road condition information. Seasonal weight restrictions are in effect, with updates available here.

The Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities oversees 237 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.”

Paxson Crew near Denali Highway mile 12, April 2021. Photo courtesy of David Hoffmeister, DOT&PFPaxson Crew near Denali Highway mile 12, April 2021. Photo courtesy of David Hoffmeister, DOT&PF
A snow blower works to clear snow near Denali Highway mile 28, April 2021. Photo courtesy of David Hoffmeister, DOT&PFA snow blower works to clear snow near Denali Highway mile 28, April 2021. Photo courtesy of David Hoffmeister, DOT&PF

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