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Posted: 07/16/19 01:41pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Reading the comments is interesting to learn perspective.

Driving the Alcan quite a bit (commencing in 1976), it was a bit of a truism that the Canadian side...with it's at least relatively-well-maintained gravel...was generally smoother and allowed faster transit (at least for autos & trucks) than then contemporaneous crappily-paved roads in Alaska.

Obviously, things have changed in 40+ years, but I've always thought that a well-maintained gravel road had less disruption from the frost-heave effect than an asphalt road and that some Northern routes should have remained gravel.....but just opinion there.


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In Wisconsin on way back home. Traveled over 11400 miles so far. Steer clear of Tok cut off between Tok and Glennallen. Use rt 4 between Delta Junction and Glennallen. Tok cut off is in bad shape (frost heaves) and construction. Broke a spring and shackle there. Saw another guy who broke an axle. Long delays there also.


Unfortunately our caravan is scheduled to take the TOK cutoff in early August, will go slow.


Mile marker 38 to 50 is the worst construction, but maybe it will be better by then. We went through there in late June. It’s only one lane so Pilot car has to take you through. Long delays because it’s so slow, we averaged 5-10 mph


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Some gravel patching areas between Muncho and Watson, and plenty of roàdside wildlife, but otherwise burget 4 hours to enjoy the scenary. For gas in fort Nelson.


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Alaska roads street the border require 40-45 mph in some places due to frost heave, and also on the road to Glen Allen. Otherwise you're dusty but clear through to Palmer. Done beautiful spots along the roadside and up on the plateau but watch out for evening fog.

Wasilla offers water at $5/167 gal. But don't use a filter out anything else that will slow the pump down or it'll stop. The laundromat there is pricey, the Carr's store is open 24 hrs, and the visitor center/ museum is very helpful. Make sure you have plenty of data roaming unless you have ATT or a local service; wifi is hard to come by. Lowe's and Target offer it, among the usual coffee shops, library, etc. Downloading offline maps is a big help to reduce your usage. DM if anyone has specific questions. Hope this helps.

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Commenting on Alaskan Highway - I used to live in 4-seasons and know what winter can do to the roads. IMHO the Alaskan Highway was poorly build to start with. You have nice stretches of smooth asphalt for few miles and then build "speed bumps" that will get you airborne at 60 mph. Evidently different crews build different stretches. Than don't see any surface repairs done. Whenever there are cracks, or other pavement build flaw, they dump few tons of gravel, set warning signs and call it the season.
Kind of sucks as 40 years ago somebody invented an asphalt truck, who could make the patches driving 40 mph. But that technology never got here.
OK, but did you live in the parts of Alaska or Canada with permafrost, where the subsurface is frozen year-round? Have you driven Alaska roads in winter, then spring. The roads are generally ok, except for surface ice, as long as they stay frozen. But when the surface layer of permafrost begins to thaw, then refreeze, the frost heaves form. The heaves have everything to do with climate and nothing to do with highway technology. So, no Alaskan even tries to go 60 mph on those roads once the heaves form, especially in an RV.


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We have been in Alaska since June 15. We are fixing to head back to the lower 48. I've heard some bad reports on the Cassiar. Has anyone recently traveled south on the Cassiar and could give a road report?


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We drove it in July. No problems at all. Several bear sightings, beautiful scenery. Little traffic. Long stretches between facilities. Go for it!!

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We drove it last week. Thought it very rough until you get south of Iskut, then road improves.

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swphotobug wrote:

We drove it last week. Thought it very rough until you get south of Iskut, then road improves.


Thank you. Last time we drove it (2016), it was in great shape. Last week a local told me it was terrible. BCDOT says construction, but that was in July.

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We went to the Yukon/Whitehorse in 2016. Just pulled out our old maps and information books as we are starting to plan for this summer 2020. Not sure the month we are going yet and as long as health holds up, we should make it happen.
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