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THE ALASKA HIGHWAY
In 1942 a monumental task was undertaken to create an overland supply line to Alaska. Now, 77 years later, the Alaska Highway is a major transportation corridor and a tourist destination.
The highway was built by the U.S. military, a force of almost 16,000
Alaska after the attack on Pearl Harbour.
At that time is wasn’t the highway like we know it today. The muddy single-lane track could only be travelled by heavy duty vehicles and the hills had grades as steep as 25 percent. Today, the
highway is almost entirely paved and the steepest hill is a ten percent grade (at Steamboat Mountain). As the highway
was rerouted and
straightened over the years, 56 kilometres were shaved off the length,
causing current mile markers to differ from historic milestones.
Now the Alaska Highway is a major tourist destination. The scenic route and attractions along the way draw travellers every year.
soldiers and civilians,
most of whom had
never experienced
extreme cold. The
route was 2288
kilometres (1422
miles) through the
northern wilderness from the Canadian Rocky Mountains to the Richardson Highway in Alaska - through mountains, dense forest, swamps and rivers under extreme conditions. It is estimated that the construction took the lives of thirty men. Amazingly, the roadway was completed in less than nine months amidst fears of an invasion in
Alaska Highway is a major tourist destination. The scenic route and attractions along the way draw travellers every year.
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