Dalton Highway Repairs Should Be Underway Soon

Alaska transportation officials say flood waters have receded enough for repairs to begin on the Dalton Highway.

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The Alaska Department of Transportation said Sunday the repairs will re-establish a lifeline to Prudhoe Bay and the North Slope.

The ongoing flooding prompted Gov. Bill Walker to issue a second disaster declaration late last week.

Culverts are being installed on the north end of the highway to allow flood waters to flow back into the main channel of the Sag River. On the south end, crews will continue to excavate, haul and stockpile materials necessary for rebuilding miles of washed out highway.

The highway remains closed from Mile 335 to Mile 413. There’s no estimate on when the road will re-open.