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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 1, 2018
Press Release: 18-1023
Contact: Caitlin Frye, (907)451-5307, caitlin.frye@alaska.gov
DOT&PF Opens McCarthy Road to Public Travel
Drivers are encouraged to prepare for remote travel and drive slowly.
click to view larger photo of McCarthy Road

click to view larger photo of McCarthy Road
Current conditions on McCarthy Road include water on the
roadway, icy patches, and a rough driving surface.

(FAIRBANKS, Alaska) – McCarthy Road is now open to public travel for the summer season 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, major rutting, rocks in the road, potholes, and soft shoulders. Current conditions include icy spots, water on the roadway, and a rough driving surface.

Drivers are encouraged to prepare for remote travel by bringing appropriate emergency supplies including food and water, a first aid kit, extra seasonally-appropriate clothing, and spare tires. No services are available along the road.

Seasonal weight restrictions are in effect and can be checked 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.”

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