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Maintenance to end on Taylor, Denali highways

Published On: Oct 02 2013 09:11:47 AM AKDT

Alaska transportation officials say seasonal maintenance is set to end Oct. 15 on the Taylor and Denali highways in Alaska's interior.

Officials with the state Department of Transportation and Public Facilities say there will be no more snow and ice removal on those highways through winter.

The 160-mile Taylor Highway will not be maintained until early April of next year. That's when crews will begin the four-week process of plowing ice and snow from the roadway.

The 135-mile Denali Highway will not be maintained until crews begin opening the road in early May of next year. Clearing that road is expected to take about three weeks.

Transportation officials remind drivers that traveling on non-maintained highways during the winter is extremely risky.