DOT opens Taylor Highway to Eagle, but says conditions on the road are still rough

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) The Taylor Highway is open from the Alaska Highway to the City of Eagle.

DOT crews at American Summit - MP 143. (DOT)

The Department of Transportation and Public Facilities (DOT) announced that crews had started to clear snow and ice along the 160-mile road in mid-March. However, they say that extreme conditions, such as deep snow and ice jams, caused the opening to be delayed by several weeks.

“Even though the Taylor Highway is open for travel right now, we really want to remind drivers that conditions are difficult out there right now,” says Cailtin Frye, Information Officer with DOT.

“Just like many other areas of the state during breakup, the Taylor Highway is prone to flooding, and snow at the higher elevations, so this really is rough road and we wanted to make sure that anybody who drives out there is prepared for difficult conditions,” she continues.

Frye adds that breakup season this year is expected to be particularly rough. Drivers should anticipate ice and water on the road, as well as winter weather. DOT advises drivers to use survival gear and chains.

Later in April, DOT crews will open the Boundary Spur, known as the Top of the World Highway. They advise that the border between the U.S. and Canada will remain closed until the U.S./Canada Customs opens, which is usually on May 15.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the U.S./Canadian border is closed to all but essential travel. DOT recommends calling the Canadian customs at 1-204-983-3500, or visiting them at this address. Officers are available Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

DOT staff at the Eagle and South Fork Stations will be on shift Monday through Thursday from 6 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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