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-4AK-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.

LocationmikmDestinationsNotes
Tetlin Junction00.0 AK-2 (Alaska Highway) – Tok, CanadaSouthern terminus of Alaska Route 5 & Taylor Highway
Chicken66106Airport RoadTo Chicken Airport
Jack Wade Junction96154Top of the World Highway to Dawson City eastWestern terminus of Top of the World Highway
Eagle160260Front StreetNorthern terminus of Alaska Route 5
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

See also[edit]

Route map: Google

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