Taylor Highway Open After Washout

The Taylor Highway is open again after a washout and slide made two sections of the road impassable. The State Department of Transportation reports that repairs have been completed at mile 83, near Chicken, where a creek cut into the roadbed, and between mile posts 114 and 116 on the way to Eagle, where a slide came down.  D.O.T. spokeswoman Meadow Bailey says the slope is a trouble spot, where a major slide blocked the road for an extended period last summer.

Bailey says a repair crew has done what it can to try to stabilize the hillside.

Last summer the state spent millions of dollars repairing the Taylor Highway following heavy rains that resulted in numerous slides and washouts, closing sections of the road for much of the summer.

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Dan Bross is a reporter at KUAC in Fairbanks.

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