(ANCHORAGE, Alaska) –The Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities (ADOT&PF) wants Alaska’s drivers to be avalanche aware as they travel the state’s highways this winter.
“November is Alaska’s Avalanche Awareness Month. Most of the avalanches that affect ADOT&PF highways occur between December and March, but they can also hit the highway as early as September and as late as June,” said Matt Murphy, ADOT&PF avalanche specialist. “We want Alaskans to be alert to avalanche area highway signs and stay safe when traveling.”
Avalanche areas exist in every region of Alaska. ADOT&PF avalanche specialists monitor highway avalanche risk by tracking weather, terrain and snowpack conditions. Common conditions that increase avalanche hazards include significant amounts of new snow or rain, strong winds and rapid changes in temperature.
ADOT&PF recommends the following practices for drivers traveling in avalanche prone areas:
If a driver encounters an avalanche affecting the highway, ADOT&PF recommends:
For more information visit ADOT&PF’s Snow Avalanche Programs page.
The Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities oversees 237 airports, 10 ferries serving 33 communities along 3,500 marine miles, over 5,600 miles of highway and 839 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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