Alaska's Taylor Highway access to Eagle limited

Posted: Wednesday, August 04, 2010

FAIRBANKS - Access to the town of Eagle at the end of the Taylor Highway will be limited this week as crews work on road repairs.

The Alaska Department of Transportation is coordinating three round-trip convoys to escort traffic on the northern end of the 160-mile road, which is mostly gravel and was washed out by extreme rainfall earlier this summer.

Pilot cars will lead the convoy through the closed section of the Taylor Highway between 97 Mile, just past the junction of the Top of The World Highway, and Eagle. The convoys are open to the public, with size restrictions.

The road is still heavily damaged north of Chicken, with one 30-mile section limited to one lane.

Experts say the road bed is safe, but due to its narrowness, size restrictions are in place: no trailers of any kind, no motor homes, no overloads, no over width loads and no buses. Commercial trucks without a trailer will be permitted.

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