Saturday, April 10, 2010

Alaskan Highways

There are only 12 numbered highways in Alaska, and obviously none of them are interstates:

Highway 1 (Sterling Highway, Seward Highway, Glenn Highway, Tok Cutoff) runs from the Canadian border through Tok, Glenallen, Palmer, Anchorage, and down into the peninsula all the way to Homer.

Highway 2 (Elliot Highway, Richardson Highway) runs from the Canadian border through Tok, Fairbanks, and all the way to Eureka and Manley Hot Springs.

Highway 3 (Parks Highway) runs from where it breaks off from Highway 1 between Palmer and Wasilla to Fairbanks.

Highway 4 (Richardson Highway) runs from where it breaks off from Highway 2 at Delta Junction all the way south to Valdez.

Highway 5 (Taylor Highway) is one of the shorter highways and runs from the Tetlin Junction to Chicken.

Highway 6 (Steese Highway) runs from Fairbanks north to Circle.

Highway 7 is not one whole road, but it is made up of several highways running through and outside of towns in the Southeast including Petersburg, Juneau, Ketchikan, and Haines.

Highway 8 (Denali Highway) runs from a turnoff on the Parks Highway at Cantwell to a turnoff at the Richardson Highway at Paxton.

Highway 9 (Seward Highway) runs from the turnoff of Highway 1 south to Seward, and is another of the shorter highways.

Highway 10 is another discontinuous highway covering portions of Cordova and Chitina.

Highway 11 (Dalton Highway) runs from a turnoff on the Elliot Highway all the way north to Deadhorse at Prudhoe Bay.

Highway 98 (Klondike Highway numbered because it is the approximate path taken by prospectors in the 1898 Klondike gold rush) runs from Skagway to the Canadian border.

So far we have driven on half. The entirety of Highway 9 and Highway 3, and parts of Highways 1, 2, 4, and 6. We will probably never drive on Highways 5, 10, or 98 but have a chance of driving on at least parts of Highways 7, 8, and 11 while we are living in Alaska.

By comparison there are over 400 numbered state roads in Georgia, not including the main interstate highways.


Steven

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