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Old 02-27-2012, 03:19 AM
 
Location: Texarkana
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In answer to the OP's question, between Anchorage and Faibanks, there is maybe 200 miles or less if what you would call "Interstate" type of qualifying road system in Alaska with multi lanes, overpasses and exits, 95% of that being in Anchorage and heading to the Palmer/Wasilla turnoff and a bit beyond.

Basically, most of the highway system in the State is two lane paved road to the major interior towns.

The biggest benifit to the Anchorage would be a bridge accross the inlet to open a second road to the MatSu areas... But Anchorage city council is fighting it, they figure everyone would move to avoid the high property taxes and lousy services... Probably a good worry!
Ok. Thanks for your reply.
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Old 02-27-2012, 05:29 AM
 
Location: interior Alaska
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Ok I understand that but what about between Anchorage and Fairbanks? Isn't there enough travel between the 2 largest cities to make it at least a 4 lane highway that entire stretch?
Why would there be?
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Old 02-27-2012, 05:43 AM
 
Location: Bliss Township, Michigan
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Ok I understand that but what about between Anchorage and Fairbanks? Isn't there enough travel between the 2 largest cities to make it at least a 4 lane highway that entire stretch?
The traffic really dissipates after you get north of Willow or Big Lake. The other reason is that there isn't the towns/cities that feed into the road like there is in a lot of the lower 48. They could add a few more passing lanes here and there, but other then that, a 4 lane highway really isn't needed.
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Old 02-27-2012, 07:41 AM
 
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Passing lanes are great - they prevent some of the nasty head on collisions, plus allow for a safer area for cars to pull over in case they break down or they have a minor accident....

Personally, I try to always wait for a passing lane.
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Old 02-27-2012, 09:47 AM
 
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[quote=Jan Alaska;23149701].... also lived in Michigan for years so know that good roads can be put down and stay down even with frost/cold. Have to say I did see a couple of fellas with a bucket of blacktop out 'filling' holes by the Glen/Parks interchange the other day by tipping it in and stamping on it with their boot ... good job boys
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You haven't been to Michigan in a while. We travel in an RV in the western area of the US and Michigan is the WORST you know the moment you leave Ohio and get to Michigan. I thought the roads in Alaska were pretty darn good when we were there three years ago.
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Old 02-27-2012, 10:28 AM
 
Location: Palmer
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Passing lanes are great - they prevent some of the nasty head on collisions, plus allow for a safer area for cars to pull over in case they break down or they have a minor accident....

Personally, I try to always wait for a passing lane.
You could wait for 50-100 miles on a lot of our highways. Some of them do not have passing lanes at all.
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Old 02-27-2012, 11:11 AM
 
Location: Harbor Springs, Michigan *again*
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You haven't been to Michigan in a while. We travel in an RV in the western area of the US and Michigan is the WORST you know the moment you leave Ohio and get to Michigan. I thought the roads in Alaska were pretty darn good when we were there three years ago.
My point wasn't so much the quality of the remaining roads, I know I-75 is in some places like a urban two track more the length of time it takes to maintain/rebuild the road. While I was there this summer I witnessed a 5 mile portion of US 31 being stripped down to the base and rebuilt in one day. Here 5 miles takes all summer.
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Old 02-27-2012, 04:15 PM
 
Location: Texarkana
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The traffic really dissipates after you get north of Willow or Big Lake. The other reason is that there isn't the towns/cities that feed into the road like there is in a lot of the lower 48. They could add a few more passing lanes here and there, but other then that, a 4 lane highway really isn't needed.
Gotcha.
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Old 02-27-2012, 04:59 PM
 
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You could wait for 50-100 miles on a lot of our highways. Some of them do not have passing lanes at all.
That would stink then... Almost like not having them at all...
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Old 02-27-2012, 05:56 PM
 
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I'm sure this question has been asked before but why doesn't Alaska have a freeway system or at least a larger network of 4 lane roads?
What's the point? Just more roads and lanes for the slow-pokes driving Subarus to block.
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