A mudslide covers the Alaska Highway north of Haines Junction on Aug. 17. (Ana Bergmann-Good/Facebook)

Highway reopens after mudslide

A 10-kilometre section of the Alaska Highway north of Haines Junction reopened to single-lane traffic Aug. 18 after being closed for more than 10 hours due to a mudslide.

In an Aug. 18 email correspondence, Department of Highways and Public Works spokesperson Brittany Cross said the highway reopened at 1 a.m. after closing at 2:30 p.m. on Aug. 17.

The department was notified of the mudslide near Sheep Mountain at kilometre 1644 of the highway around 1 p.m. on Aug. 17.

“Crews made their way to the scene and the highway was officially closed around 2:30 p.m.,” Cross stated. “Crews were on site assessing the road with support from two loaders; an excavator and several dump trucks were on site and more are on the way.”

The road was deemed impassable and closed from kilometre 1637 to 1647 while work was done to the road.

A number of people took to social media to highlight the road closure and share the news with others who might be travelling, also sharing when it reopened.

“The highway is open to single lane traffic and an escort vehicle is piloting traffic through the area,” Cross stated. “This will be in effect for the next few days and it’s unknown at this time how long clean up and repairs will take.”

Drivers can expect delays of less than 20 minutes.

While there is also a smaller landslide further north at kilometre 1658, it is not impacting traffic at this time, Cross said.

Updated information is available 511yukon.ca or by calling 511.

Contact Stephanie Waddell at stephanie.waddell@yukon-news.com

Yukon Department of Highways and Public Works

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

From Whitehorse to the Whitecaps

Joe Hanson is starting his second season with the Vancouver Whitecaps academy

Mount Lorne Mis-Adventure Trail Race doesn’t miss a step

Blue skies and sunshine for a chilly fall race

Canada Summer Games postponed

Yukon Canada Summer Games athletes will now work on mastering skills in preperation for 2022

Site selection for battery project draws ire of nearby landowners

Yukon Energy is accepting public comments on three possible sites for the project

Taking a closer look at the cosmos

Star gazing party scheduled for Sept. 18

Yukon government releases new guidelines for COVID-19 symptoms and sending children to school

The advice sorts symptoms into three categories: red, yellow and green

Nominations closed in Watson Lake byelection

Four candidates are running for mayor

Baggage screening changes begin

Passengers are asked to arrive earlier than normal in order to accommodate the new temporary system

Yukon Government extends education review

The final report is scheduled for release in March 2021

City hall, briefly

A look at decisions made by Whitehorse city council this week

Lawsuit against Freedom Trails settled

The suit was dismissed with consent of all parties

Tank farm takes another step towards development

OCP designation passes second reading

Climate change strategy targets 30 per cent reduction in territory greenhouse gases by 2030

The strategy includes rebates for electric vehicles but puts off mining targets for two years

Most Read