Taylor Highway

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Taylor Highway
Route information
Maintained by Alaska DOT&PF
Length: 160 mi (260 km)
Existed: 1953 – present
Major junctions
South end: AK-2 (Alaska Highway) at Tetlin Junction
  Top of the World Highway at Jack Wade Junction
North end: Front Street in Eagle
Highway system
AK-4 AK-6
Fall colors along Taylor Highway

The Taylor Highway (numbered Alaska Route 5) is a highway in the U.S. state of Alaska that extends 160 miles (258 km) from Tetlin Junction, about 11 miles (17 km) south of Tok on the Alaska Highway, to Eagle.

Route description[edit]

The first 60 miles (97 km) of the highway are paved; the rest are gravel. The highway is closed to automobile traffic from October through April, but is used by snowmobiles in the winter. The large Fortymile caribou herd roams near the highway. The highway also provides access to the Fortymile River National Wild and Scenic River system.

History[edit]

It was built in 1953 to provide access to Eagle, Chicken, and the historic Fortymile Mining District. It connects to the Top of the World Highway 96 miles (154 km) from Tetlin, at Jack Wade Junction, allowing road access to Dawson City, Yukon during parts of the year. It is 79 miles (127 km) from Jack Wade Junction to Dawson City.

Major Intersections[edit]

The entire route is in Unorganized Borough.

Location Mile km Destinations Notes
Tetlin Junction 0.00 0.00 AK-2 (Alaska Highway) – Tok, Canada Southern terminus of Alaska Route 5 & Taylor Highway
Chicken 66 106 Airport Road To Chicken Airport
Jack Wade Junction 96 154 Top of the World Highway to Dawson City east Western terminus of Top of the World Highway
Eagle 160 257 Front Street Northern terminus of Alaska Route 5
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

See also[edit]