Mud forces the closure of two roads

Posted: Sunday, June 10, 2001

FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Mud has forced state transportation officials to close a gravel road leading to two campgrounds in the White Mountains National Recreation Area off the Steese Highway.

The Department of Transportation sent a bulldozer to U.S. Creek Road on Friday to pull two vehicles through the mud after campers who were trapped by the road closure requested to be towed out rather than spend the weekend.

The road is expected to be closed for up to two weeks.

''It needs to dry out, and we haven't had real good drying weather the last couple days,'' Fairbanks area DOT manager Joel Craft said Friday after a storm dumped more than an inch of rain in parts of the Tanana Valley.

DOT officials closed the road at Mile 57 of the Steese Highway on Thursday when they discovered a truck stuck up to its axles in mud in the middle of the road.

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