Dalton to close for gas line repairs

Posted: Sunday, December 02, 2001

FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Rugged Alaskans planning to cruise up the Dalton Highway into the Arctic next week may face some waiting.

For safety reasons, a stretch of the highway north of Atigun Pass will be closed for long periods over three days as Alyeska Pipeline Service Co. makes repairs.

Alyeska is replacing a corroded 1,100-foot section of the line that carries natural gas 150 miles from Prudhoe Bay to Pump Station 4. The gas powers the pump stations.

Part of the job involves venting natural gas from the line, which is next to the highway.

So, weather and wind conditions permitting, 42 miles of the Dalton north of Atigun Pass in the Brooks Range will be closed from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday through Tuesday.

The shutdown will run from Pump Station 4 at Milepost 270 of the highway up to Pump Station 3 at Mile 312 of the highway.

If the work that involves gas venting is completed sooner, the road will be reopened. The entire job is expected to take two weeks.

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