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Old 06-01-2009, 06:42 PM
 
Location: New Jersey
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Last night while re-doing my window screens I had the tv on in the background. Caught the first episode of ice road truckers season 3.
This year the location is in Alaska..Fairbanks to Prudhoe Bay.
So gotta ask how accurate is this?
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Old 06-01-2009, 07:03 PM
 
Location: Bethel, Alaska
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It's pretty accurate. That and the Top Of The World Highway is the only roads in Alaska I haven't driven yet.
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Old 06-01-2009, 07:08 PM
 
Location: OKLAHOMA CITY
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i love that show. looks like this season could be really interesting just because of the road.
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Old 06-01-2009, 07:22 PM
 
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I was excited to hear this season was in Alaska. Those guys are really brave, really crazy, or a little of both!
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Old 06-01-2009, 07:26 PM
 
Location: Wasilla, Alaska
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Last night while re-doing my window screens I had the tv on in the background. Caught the first episode of ice road truckers season 3.
This year the location is in Alaska..Fairbanks to Prudhoe Bay.
So gotta ask how accurate is this?
The Dalton Highway, a.k.a. Haul Road, definitely connects Fairbanks to Prudhoe Bay, but it is not an ice road. Granted, it is covered in ice and snow all winter long, but it is made from gravel and it is paved from Fairbanks north to the Yukon River.
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Old 06-01-2009, 07:31 PM
 
Location: New Jersey
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Thanks Warpt...was wondering if it was the magic of television.
Hmmm where is the top of the world highway.
(and don't say at the top!)
Odd question..why don't they pave it?

agree fromdust looks interesting this year
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Old 06-01-2009, 07:50 PM
 
Location: West LA
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Thanks Warpt...was wondering if it was the magic of television.
Hmmm where is the top of the world highway.
(and don't say at the top!)
Odd question..why don't they pave it?

agree fromdust looks interesting this year
According to the show, they don't pave it because the weather conditions are too harsh for concrete/asphalt to withstand. What the DOT does is lay down a sheet of ice that they grind up every winter to create a surface the trucks chained tires will adhere to.
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Old 06-01-2009, 08:01 PM
 
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Last night while re-doing my window screens I had the tv on in the background. Caught the first episode of ice road truckers season 3.
This year the location is in Alaska..Fairbanks to Prudhoe Bay.
So gotta ask how accurate is this?
Well, depends what you mean by accurate. Maybe a bit overly dramatic, but yes the hazards are real. Sadly, there are way too many fatalities every year, both professional truckers and tourist – last summer I think we had at least 3 motorcycle fatalities on the Haul Road that I know of. Not a way to end one's sight seeing adventure by any means.

I think they are using the term “Ice Road” in this season to refer to the practice of “ice paving” certain parts of the Dalton in the winter by the Alaska DOT. This is done for a variety of reasons and definitely alters roads conditions, both for better and for worse.

Technically the Haul Road is does not connect Fairbanks to Prudhoe Bay, and it is not paved at all except for a few odd spots here and there - that's because the Dalton Hwy actually starts 84 miles north of Fairbanks. Leaving Faibanks to the north, the first 11 miles are the Steese Hwy until the Circle Cutoff at Fox, then it becomes the Elliot Hwy. The pavement ends at the start of the Dalton Hwy - mile 73 of the Elliot at the Manely Hot Springs cutoff. The Yukon River crossing is at mile 54 of the Dalton.
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Old 06-01-2009, 08:04 PM
 
Location: Bethel, Alaska
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They don't pave it due to the heaving of frost.
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Old 06-01-2009, 08:08 PM
 
Location: New Jersey
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Thanks Moose!
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