Alaska Route 7

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Alaska Route 7
South / North Tongass Highway
Mitkof Highway / Nordic Drive
Egan Drive / Glacier Highway
Haines Highway
Route information
Maintained by Alaska DOT&PF
Tongass Highway segment
Length: 37.1 mi (59.7 km)
South end: Dead end near Ketchikan
Major
junctions:
Alaska Marine Highway in Ketchikan
North end: Dead end near Ward Cove
Mitkof Highway segment
Length: 34.21 mi (55.06 km)
South end: Dead end on Mitkof Island
Major
junctions:
Alaska Marine Highway in Petersburg
North end: Sandy Beach Road in Petersburg
Egan Drive / Glacier Highway segment
Length: 39.01 mi (62.78 km)
South end: Franklin Street in Juneau
Major
junctions:
Juneau-Douglas Bridge in Juneau
Alaska Marine Highway in Juneau
North end: Dead end in Juneau
Haines Highway segment
Length: 39.7 mi (63.9 km)
South end: Front Street in Haines
North end: Haines Highway on the AlaskaBritish Columbia border
Location
Boroughs: Ketchikan Gateway, Unorganized, Juneau, Haines
Highway system
AK-6 AK-8

Alaska Route 7 (abbreviated as AK-7) is a state highway in the Alaska Panhandle of the U.S. state of Alaska. It consists of four unconnected pieces, serving some of the Panhandle communities that the Alaska Marine Highway ferries stop at, and connecting to the Alaska Highway in Yukon via the Haines Highway.

Route description[edit]

According to Alaska's supplement to the Federal Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices, AK-7 follows (from south to north):[1]

  • South Tongass Highway, North Tongass Highway (Ketchikan)
  • Nordic Drive, Mitkoff Highway (Petersburg)
  • Glacier Highway, Egan Drive (Juneau)
  • Haines Highway, Haines to Border

No other segments are shown on maps.[2][3][4][5][6]

The Alaska Marine Highway ferry service connect the segments, but the ferry ports are for most parts not located at the endpoint of each segment, so many of the endpoints are dead ends.

Tongass Highway[edit]

The southernmost piece of AK-7 is known as the Tongass Highway, and heads both ways from Ketchikan on Revillagigedo Island. The ferry service calls at Ketchikan.

Mitkoff Highway / Nordic Drive[edit]

Another section of AK-7 is the Mitkoff Highway, traveling south from Petersburg to the southeast point of Mitkof Island. AK-7 also includes the short Nordic Drive, connecting the Mitkoff Highway to the north point of the island. The ferry service calls at Petersburg.

Egan Drive / Glacier Highway[edit]

Egan Drive, part of AK-7, is the main road through Juneau, replacing the Glacier Highway from downtown Juneau to near the Juneau International Airport. Beyond the airport, AK-7 continues along the Glacier Highway past Auke Bay to its northernmost point near Berners Bay. The extreme southern end of Egan Drive is known as Marine Way. The ferry service calls at Auke Bay. There are plans to extend the road north of Berners Bay, a project called Lynn Canal Highway.

Haines Highway[edit]

The final piece of AK-7 begins in downtown Haines, where the ferry service calls, and follows the Haines Highway northwest to the border with British Columbia, Canada. In British Columbia, it continues north as the Haines Highway with no designation, eventually connecting with Yukon Highway 3 (whichs ends at the Alaska Highway at Haines Junction in the Yukon Territory).

Major intersections[edit]

Aerial view of Gastineau Channel and Egan Drive looking southerly, showing most of the highway's length between downtown Juneau and Lemon Creek.
North Tongass Highway, looking roughly easterly as it passes through a neighborhood just beyond downtown Ketchikan.
County Location Mile[7] km Destinations Notes
Ketchikan Gateway Ketchikan 0.00 0.00 Dead end Beaver Falls access
15.5 24.9 Ferry Terminal Road — Ketchikan Ferry Terminal Alaska Marine Highway
Ward Cove 31.7 51.0 Dead end
Gap in route
Unorganized Mitkof Island 0.00 0.00 Dead end
Petersburg 32.21 51.84 Ferry Terminal Road — Petersburg Ferry Terminal Alaska Marine Highway
34.21 55.06 Sandy Beach Road east Nordic Drive turns east and becomes Sandy Beach Road
Gap in route
City and Borough of Juneau 0.00 0.00 Franklin Street — Downtown, Thane
0.68 1.09 Juneau-Douglas Bridge — Douglas
Vanderbilt Hill Road
Glacier Highway Access Road Interchange
Mendenhall Loop Road Southern terminus of Mendenhall Loop Road
Glacier Highway south AK-7 takes on the Glacier Highway
Mendenhall Loop Road Northern terminus of Mendenhall Loop Road; To University of Alaska Southeast
13.15 21.16 Ferry Terminal Road — Auke Bay Ferry Terminal Alaska Marine Highway
39.01 62.78 Dead end Beyond Echo Cove access
Gap in route
Haines Haines 0.00 0.00 Front Street to Haines Ferry Terminal
  39.7 63.9 Haines Highway north — Haines Junction Continuation into British Columbia and eventually the Yukon Territory
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

References[edit]

  1. ^ Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities, Alaska Traffic Manual Supplement, January 17, 2003
  2. ^ Google Maps street maps, accessed August 2007
  3. ^ American Automobile Association Road Atlas: United States, Canada, Mexico, 1995
  4. ^ Gousha Road Atlas: United States, Canada, Mexico, 1996
  5. ^ Rand McNally Road Atlas: United States, Canada, Mexico, 1998
  6. ^ MapQuest.com, Inc., National Geographic Road Atlas: United States, Canada, Mexico, 2001
  7. ^ Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities, Southern Region General Log, April 25, 2006 (Routes 291400 (South Tongass Highway), 291500 (North Tongass Highway), 294000 (Mitkof Highway), 294020 (Nordic Drive), 296000 (Glacier Highway/Egan Drive), and 298000 (Haines Highway))