- The roads are plowed just about as often as in Michigan. I've driven in a lot worse in Michigan, though the roads here are more dangerous because of the elevation changes, curves and dropoffs (no guardrails).
- I have seen no evidence of salt use on the roads anywhere in Alaska (doesn't mean they don't, but I've been looking and haven't seen the signs). Salt is used in parking lots and on sidewalks. I actually like this no salt thing; I've thought that they used way too much salt on the roads in Michigan.
- Gravel is the traction item of choice, and sometimes very large pieces of gravel flying around. Cracked windshields are very common here.
- Road conditions (and weather conditions) vary radically within a few miles depending on elevation or the presence of water, mountains or sunshine.
Tuesday, February 5, 2008
Winter Road Maintainance
One of my fears of moving to Alaska was whether they plowed the roads or not, or how often. Based on half the winter, here are my conclusions: