Dalton Highway

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Alaska Route 11 marker

Dalton Highway
James W. Dalton Highway
North Slope Haul Road
Dalton Highway highlighted in red
Route information
Maintained by Alaska DOT&PF
Length414 mi (666 km)
Existed1974–present
Major junctions
South end AK-2 (Elliot Highway) near Livengood
North endEast Lake Colleen Drive in Deadhorse
Location
BoroughsUnorganized, North Slope
Highway system
AK-10AK-98

The James W. Dalton Highway, usually called the Dalton Highway and signed as the Alaska Route 11, is a road in Alaska. It used to be called North Slope Haul Road, and some people still call it this. The road is 414 miles (666 km) long. It starts from the Elliott Highway just north of Fairbanks and travels north, ending near to the Arctic Ocean coast at Deadhorse. It follows the path next to the Trans-Alaska Pipeline System. Many people think the highway is one of the most dangerous in the world. It was on one of the episodes of the BBC's programe World's Most Dangerous Roads.[1][2]

There are only three very small towns along the route: Coldfoot (population: 10), Wiseman (population: 22), and Deadhorse (population: 25). Prospect Creek and Galbraith Lake only have campers there, and nobody lives there.[3] The road is made mostly of gravel. About 109 miles (175 km) of the road is paved. People who travel on the road are told to bring first aid kits and other items for survival, in case they have an emergency.

References[change | change source]

  1. "Dalton Highway". United States Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management. Archived from the original on 2009-05-09. Retrieved 2009-09-04.
  2. "BBC Two — World's Most Dangerous Roads, Series 1, Alaska". Bbc.co.uk. 2012-07-07. Retrieved 2013-05-21.
  3. 2008 edition of The Milepost, pp. 517-529 (Morris Communications Company)