23 years after AARoads was started, we finally added coverage of Alaska, the 50th State and the last not previously covered on the site. Our initial updates includes photos taken in May 2023 south to Soldotna, north to Fairbanks and Fox and east to Yukon at Alcan Border. Also scanned a number of road maps from the 1960s and 70s to go along with some of our research.

While representing the largest state, The Last Frontier has a limited number of roads, and just 12 numbered state routes. Although better known by their names, the routes are:

  • 1 – Homer to Tok, follows Sterling Highway, Sterling Highway, Glenn Highway and Tok Cutoff Highway
  • 2 – Manhley Hot Springs to Canadian border at Alcan Junction, follows Elliot Highway, Steese Highway and Richardson Highway
  • 3 – Gateway Junction at Wasila to Fairbanks, coincides with the entire length of George Parks Highway
  • 4 – Valdez to Delta Junction, Richardson Highway
  • 5 – Tetlin Junction to Eagle, Taylor Highway
  • 6 – Fox to Circle, extends Steese Highway northeast from SR 2
  • 7 – four sections in the Alaska Panhandle
    • Ketchikan and Revillagigedo Island, Tongass Highway
    • Petersburg and Mitkof Island, Mitkoff Highway
    • Juneau, Glacier Highway
    • Haines, extends Haines Highway south from Canada
  • 8 – Cantwell to Paxson, Denali Highway
  • 9 – Seward to Tern Lake, extends Seward Highway south from SR 1
  • 10 – Copper River Highway east from Cordova and Edgerton Highway between Chitina and Kenny Lake
  • 11 – Livengood to Prudhoe Bay, Dalton Highway
  • 98 – Skagway to Canadian border at White Pass, part of Klondike Highway south from Yukon and British Columbia
1980 map of Anchorage, Alaska.

1980 Map of Anchorage, Alaska

Additionally, there are four Interstate Highways assigned to Alaska. Designated for funding purposes, these routes are not signed and generally not up to conventional Interstate standards. However there are sections of all four constructed with limited access and grade separations.

  • Interstate A1 follows SR 1 northeast from Anchorage to Tok, and SR 2 southeast to Yukon at Alcan Border.
  • Interstate A2 follows SR 2 northwest from Tok to SR 3 in Fairbanks.
  • Interstate A3 follows SR 1 south from Anchorage to Soldotna
  • Interstate A4 follows all of SR 3 between Wasilla and Fairbanks.

We’ll have more coverage of Alaska roads following a July 2023 trip by Brent.