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Quick Facts
Designation: Alaska State Scenic Byway
Fees: N/A
Length, One-Way: 414 Miles (690.0 Kilometers)
Time: Thirteen to 15 hours, each way. For a round-trip,


General Information

Description - Construction began on the Dalton highway on April 29, 1974 and was completed in five months by contractors for the Alyeska Pipeline Service Company. The "haul road," as it became known, existed only to support the construction and maintenance of the Trans-Alaska pipeline system. The Dalton was only recently opened for general public travel in 1994. The highway begins at its junction with the Elliott Highway one mile west of Livengood (north of Fairbanks). It ends 414 miles north at the Deadhorse Airport, a few miles from Prudhoe Bay and the Arctic Ocean. The Dalton Highway is the only road that joins the area between the Beaufort Sea and the Yukon River to the rest of Alaska as well as the "Lower 48" states. The highway is currently unpaved, although paving and reconstruction are set to begin in the summer of 1999.

Attractions - The Dalton Highway is known for it's Historical, Natural, Recreational and Scenic Attractions.

Location - The Dalton Highway is located in central and northern Alaska.

Directions from : The highway begins at its junction with the Elliott Highway one mile west of Livengood (north of Fairbanks). It ends 414 miles north at the Deadhorse Airport, a few miles from Prudhoe Bay and the Arctic Ocean.


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Additional Information:
Alaska Scenic Byways - Ten Alaska state byways and one All-American Road have been designated scenic byways, for a total of about 5,000 miles of the most picturesque, intermodal transportation routes in our nation's largest state.

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Scenic Byways Homepage - National Scenic Byways official web site with detailed info on all national and state byways.

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