CHICKEN - Alaska transportation officials say maintenance of the Taylor Highway is being discontinued for the winter.
The Department of Transportation says the maintenance on the Taylor usually ends by mid October. But this year maintenance ended later - on Friday - so permanent repairs could be made to flood-damaged roadway.
The flooding limited access to the area since late July and washed out roadway at 45 sites. It also overwhelmed culverts, damaged bridges and triggered landslides along a 100-mile stretch of the highway.
Officials say repairs, which cost about $10 million, were completed last week.
The highway will reopen in spring when the state plows the 160 miles between Eagle and Tetlin Junction.