Taylor Highway declared a disaster
Alaska Gov. Sean Parnell has declared the condition of the Taylor Highway a state disaster.
The highway, which connects Tok, Alaska, to Eagle, Alaska, and to the Yukon, was closed for a week, reopened for a few days, then closed again Friday, when heavy rains caused more washouts and flooding.
Alaska Department of Transportation officials hope to have the highway reopened to the point where it reaches the Yukon border at the end of this week or the beginning of next week. It will be longer before the road to Eagle, Alaska, opens.
"That's kind of just a rough estimate," said Meadow Bailey, a Transportation Department spokesperson. "There's been a second storm that came through and a lot of precipitation fell, and so we have to worry now about sloughing and slope stabilization."
Travellers are still arriving in Dawson City, expecting to take the Taylor Highway into Alaska as part of a circle tour of the region, tourism officials said.
The only way to Alaska now from Yukon is via the Alaska Highway. Travellers already in Dawson City will have to backtrack to Whitehorse.