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favorite freeway in Alaska
« on: May 01, 2012, 12:30:18 AM »

I love Interstate A-4.
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Re: favorite freeway in Alaska
« Reply #1 on: May 01, 2012, 12:27:53 PM »

I'm partial to the six-laner to Nome.
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Re: favorite freeway in Alaska
« Reply #2 on: May 01, 2012, 02:27:52 PM »

I'm partial to the six-laner to Nome.

The tunnel or the bridge?
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Re: favorite freeway in Alaska
« Reply #3 on: May 01, 2012, 02:30:34 PM »


The tunnel or the bridge?

no no, from Anchorage, not from Vladivostok.
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Re: favorite freeway in Alaska
« Reply #4 on: May 01, 2012, 03:13:08 PM »

the one north from Anchorage to Wasila is pretty good
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Re: favorite freeway in Alaska
« Reply #5 on: May 01, 2012, 03:28:23 PM »

The US 97 bypa...oh, wait
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Re: favorite freeway in Alaska
« Reply #6 on: May 01, 2012, 04:01:43 PM »

Interestingly enough, there is an Interstate A4 in Alaska.  It is the secret designation for AK-3 between Palmer and Fairbanks.  So, technically, Interstate A4 does have portions built as freeway:

(1) Very briefly, where it enters Fairbanks, it widens from two lanes to a four-lane freeway, but then exits itself at the second interchange.

(2) At the south end, it is still freeway from AK-1 to Seward Meridian Pkwy.

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Re: favorite freeway in Alaska
« Reply #7 on: May 01, 2012, 06:56:33 PM »

Taking the question seriously on its own merits (and not, as I assume the OP intended, as a potshot at the vapidity on other boards), I think the freeway portions of both the Glenn and Seward highways are pleasant if a little bland, with the Glenn edging the Seward in terms of scenery.  The Seward Highway is topographically interesting further south, a stretch that includes the foreshore of Turnagain Arm, but this part of it is not freeway.
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Re: favorite freeway in Alaska
« Reply #8 on: June 23, 2012, 01:50:21 AM »

Favorite freeway in AK:  Interstate A1 otherwise known as the Glenn Highway or AK-1 as it leaves Anchorage on its way to Palmer.  This is the only freeway of any real length in Alaska.  Alaska Interstate designations are not signed, alas.  If anything, this portion should be rewarded with Interstate signage, IMHO.

The Seward Highway freeway portion in Anchorage is a great Interstate standards highway, as it is the unsigned "Interstate A3."

Now, if Anchorage can just get proposed the missing link built between I-A1 and I-A3, we would have a decent through freeway in Alaska's largest city.

Minnesota Drive expressway is a nice freeway in sections.  Possible future I-A203?
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Re: favorite freeway in Alaska
« Reply #9 on: June 25, 2012, 08:25:01 PM »



Minnesota Drive expressway is a nice freeway in sections.  Possible future I-A203?
If it's not even a state highway now, I wouldn't look for it to become an Interstate later.

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Re: favorite freeway in Alaska
« Reply #10 on: June 29, 2012, 12:07:36 AM »

Minnesota Drive is not a signed state route but I do not know for a fact that it is not state-maintained (Wikipedia says maintenance is shared by Alaska DOT and the Anchorage transportation department, but does not furnish a citation or elaborate as to status).  It is part of the NHS.

This said, I agree it is improbable that it would ever be designated or signed as an Interstate.
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Re: favorite freeway in Alaska
« Reply #11 on: June 29, 2012, 12:33:56 AM »

I spent six weeks in Alaska earlier this year, and Minnesota Drive was one of the most well-kept and pleasurable drives in the city. Pity it won't ever be an interstate. It's much more designed to interstate standards it seems than a lot of actual interstate highways.
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Re: favorite freeway in Alaska
« Reply #12 on: June 29, 2012, 08:25:22 AM »

Anchorage is one of those cities with 2 major N/S roads so its pretty easy to get around...until you need to go E/W then its a nightmare.

....and I live in Austin...Anchorage was far worse, even 8 years ago.
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Re: favorite freeway in Alaska
« Reply #13 on: June 29, 2012, 08:49:31 PM »

Minnesota Drive is not a signed state route but I do not know for a fact that it is not state-maintained (Wikipedia says maintenance is shared by Alaska DOT and the Anchorage transportation department, but does not furnish a citation or elaborate as to status).  It is part of the NHS.

This said, I agree it is improbable that it would ever be designated or signed as an Interstate.
The state does maintain a lot of roads off the highway system. The "shared" thing sounds intriguing. I had been under the impression that the city created the freeway.

 


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