Dalton Highway Construction Info.

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  1. ErraticAKn

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    Instead of trying to find all the threads of people heading up here to Prudhoe this summer, I'm posing some information here. Updated information is available from http://alaskanavigator.org/

    Over the course of the season, be alert to PILOT CAR operations with possible DELAYS of up to 20 minutes, lane restrictions and equipment on the roadway.

    Work will begin next month. Companies have already mobilized equipment and materials to staging areas here in Deadhorse and along the Highway.

    MP 362-379 will be raised 4ft to improve thermal stability and help prevent snow drifting
    MP 379-397 - general road construction
    MP 397 to 414 (Deadhorse) - general road construction

    The one thing I'd like to pass on to riders is that after you come out of the Brooks Range and the Franklin Bluffs it's pretty flat and really easy to let your mind start wandering. When riding over the areas where the road bed has not been compacted it can be like riding through soft sand, hitting that with a loaded bike and speed makes it really easy and fast to track off and dump your bike. Every year downed bikes are hauled here to Deadhorse and crated up for south bound travel.

    If you find yourself needing assistance once in Deadhorse feel free to reach out and say hello.

    Dan
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    Good info and a great offer for assistance.
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    Many thanks Dan for your info and willingness to help. I'll try to give you a call when the Circus gets in town to say hello if you are working at that time.
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  4. demonio

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    Thank you for this and for your offer. Very kind of you.
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  5. ErraticAKn

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    First bikes of the season have been spotted here in Deadhorse over the last week. A group of BMW riders sporting British flags a few days ago and this morning I saw these bikes at the Prudhoe Bay Hotel. Let the season begin!

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    Our truck drivers have said the road is clear of snow all the through and from the Franklin Bluffs to Deadhorse is in good shape.
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  6. pauleknight

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    Are you the guy who helped a downed older rider 20 or so miles outside of Deadhorse last summer? someone rode his GSA from about 20 miles out into deadhorse and then back out the next day.
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    Wasn't me
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    The British riders were on CCM"S ?
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    Do we have an estimate when the road construction is completed? I have had to push back my departure from FL to August 4th and will not make Fairbanks till the 10th and Deadhorse till the 11th.

    Should the road work be completed by then?

    I know that I am pushing the weather a little but from what I can tell snow fall if any would not stick..
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    Don't count on it being done, there is no specific date yet.
    Over the last few days I've seen several groups ride in and out. 25 degrees and blowing 30. Riders are a little cold.
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    Finally the weather is breaking. Made a run to the Arctic Ocean to check on the sea ice and if it's breaking for our upcoming barging campaign

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    Seems we're still a few weeks away from it pulling away.

    By the time some of you get up here you'll be able to jump in. The horizontal defamation is the edge of the ocean looking north x north east.
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  12. Trailer Rails's wife

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    Any info on the last 50 miles into Deadhorse?

    Other ride reports have said within the past couple of weeks that it's pretty rough with lots of deep fresh gravel.

    On our way up in a couple weeks!
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    The last 56 miles are under active construction. The road has been compacted and fist sized rocks have been gradered out.
    Easily 15 bikes rolled through here the last week.
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    Yes there is fresh soft gravel at various spots throughout the last 56 miles. I wasn't able to get an exact length but the construction crews said they were trying to compact as fast as they could.

    Zonal speed limit construction signs are up as well as motorcycle caution signs. The road is being watered too.
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    9 of us went Coldfoot to Deadhorse on 6/30, back to Coldfoot on 7/1. Return trip was much easier as things were not as loose just one day later! It looked to me like they have a lot more to do so I would say it will just depend on the day you hit it. Weather is a HUGE factor. Sunny and clear, it is easy to see what you are dealing with, foggy and raining, a totally different experience.
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    Thanks so much for the info! We're leaving Pittsburgh on 7/17 to make the run all the way up. I know conditions could be totally different by the time we're there in a few wks!
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    Looking at Saturday to start the run up! Any new info to share?
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    The major work on the last 50 miles into Deadhorse is done - there are pockets of crews still out there but the road is good. Weather on Saturday shows rain just out of the Brooks near the DOT weather station along the Sag river. Sunday looks like it could be sunny most of the day.

    Lots of Caribou running around and a few Sows with cubs making the circuit - Sadly one of the Sows put down last week just for being a bear. -sigh
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    Sounds good...any word about paving that section I've heard about for the past few years?
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    Paving is in the plan. Last I understood was that once theses last two constructions projects are completed (target for the end of this summer) "then" the paving will begin. I suspect it will be next summer for the last sections get some pavement.
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