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Old 05-18-2019, 10:29 AM   #1
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Alaska roads

I have not seen too many postings about people coming to Alaska this summer, but here is a short report on one route. We just returned from our bi-annual trip to the lower 48. We did just over 6700 miles in five weeks.
While most of the Alaska roads are not in too bad of shape, try of avoid the Tok-Glenn cutoff. There is a section, about 15 miles long, that is not in very good condition. If you are in a Class A and driving about 30MPH, you are driving TOO fast. Also construction has started on this section and it is not going to be user friendly! If possible, continue up the Alcan to Delta Junction, and then take the Richardson back south.
The Alcan, was not in bad shape this year and we made good time on it. For this trip, we traveled at different times of the day but sill saw lots of wildlife in Canada. For us, we had no issues coming through Customs at any of the places we crossed. We did hear stories about having RV's searched and it taking 45 minute to a couple hours. Not sure what the issues were, but....
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Thank you for the update. What chance do you think the road will be better in late August. We're coming in about that time and adding Delta Juncton adds about 125 miles to the trip down to Valdez.

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Thank you for the update. What chance do you think the road will be better in late August. We're coming in about that time and adding Delta Juncton adds about 125 miles to the trip down to Valdez.

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No chance, as this is a two year project!
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I'd recommend just driving below 30mph on that section. It's not that long. You're in Alaska, after all! That's like the Destruction Bay area some years. You just have to drive slow.
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I felt the Tok Glen cutoff was beyond "normal terrible" for Alaska this year. Sterling Hwy is being worked and isn't too bad just a little slow.
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Old 05-19-2019, 12:56 PM   #6
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Just want to let people know that some of he of the larger Alaska State camp grounds will be closed this year due to dead trees. I have listed two of them below, you can also go to the Alaska State Park Campgrounds @
dnr.alaska.gov/parks/units/campsitelist.htm[ to check on the rest.


NOTICE: South Rolly Lake Campground is currently CLOSED for all of 2019 due to elevated danger from falling beetle-kill trees. Work is currently underway to clear out hazardous trees.

NOTICE: Byers Lake Campground is currently CLOSED for all of 2019 due to elevated danger from falling beetle-kill trees. Work is currently underway to clear out hazardous trees.
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I would like to see other reports on the Tok-Glenn cutoff if you go that way.
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We are headed to Alaska June 5 and are scheduled to do the Tok/Glenn cutoff around the third week in July. I will watch for postings if there are any changes. 15 miles even at 5 MPH is probably tolerable. We did 22 miles of virtually no road from Lusk Wyoming to the Nebraska border last summer. Dirt, washboard, no shoulder, no place to pull off - totally ripped up and under construction. Took us close to three hours to go the 22 miles and still shook things loose in my MH.
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Thank you for the update. What chance do you think the road will be better in late August. We're coming in about that time and adding Delta Juncton adds about 125 miles to the trip down to Valdez.

Thanks again.

The Tok cut-off is always in bad shape. Otherwise Alaska does a good job on repairing their roads.

This link is a website for all the ongoing and planned road construction this summer in Alaska.

Alaskanavigator.org
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We are headed to Alaska June 5 and are scheduled to do the Tok/Glenn cutoff around the third week in July. I will watch for postings if there are any changes. 15 miles even at 5 MPH is probably tolerable. We did 22 miles of virtually no road from Lusk Wyoming to the Nebraska border last summer. Dirt, washboard, no shoulder, no place to pull off - totally ripped up and under construction. Took us close to three hours to go the 22 miles and still shook things loose in my MH.


I did that same section in Wyoming last year and it was worse than anything I went through in Alaska this year. I drove the Tok cutoff twice this summer, both times at 15 mph over the 12 mile section under construction. I never once considered going up to Delta Junction and glad I didnt - would have been a waste of time. And the Alcan from Tok to the border is FAR worse than the Tok Cutoff. Headed down the Cariboo in BC tomorrow and so happy to have the frost heaves and bad pavement behind me. But I sure wish I was still standing in the Kenai reeling in reds. Heaven
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We just got back from AK a week ago, didn't think the Tok cutoff was any worse than any number of other roads, like everybody else says, just slow down and enjoy the ride! we drove the worst part about 25-30 mph and it was fine.
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Agree, the TOK cutoff was fine if you drove the state of the road.
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We spent 60 days traveling Canada and Alaska. Returning home to PA I found that I-70 in IN was as bad if not worse than any road we were on in Alaska. It matched any frost heave we encountered. We even came across the Top of the World Highway that was better than I-70 for a gravel road.
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