Alaska Highways: Route #s & Names

Highways in Alaska: Maps may use numbers, but most Alaskan use names

Route #1:     Tok Cutoff, Richardson, Glenn, Seward, and Sterling Highways  Tok to Homer
Route #2:     Alaska, Richardson, Steese, and Elliott Highways border to Manley Hot Springs
Route #3:     Parks Highway                                              Wasilla to Fairbanks
Route #4:     Richardson Highway                                      Valdez to Delta Junction
Route #5:     Taylor Highway (mostly gravel)                       Tok to Eagle
Route #6:    Steese Highway (partially gravel)                     Fox to Circle
Route #7:    Haines Cut-off                                                border to Haines
Route #8:    Denali Highway (mostly gravel)                       Paxson to Cantwell
Route #9:    Seward Highway                                            Moose Pass to Seward
Route #10:     Copper River Highway (mostly gravel)         Cordova to Copper Center
Route #11:     Dalton Highway (mostly gravel)                    Livengood to Deadhorse

Alaska Highway                        (#2)       Canadian border to Delta Junction
Copper River Highway              (#10)     Cordova to Copper Center ( discontinuous & mostly gravel)
Dalton Highway (Haul Road)     (#11)     Livengood to Deadhorse (mostly gravel)
Denali Highway                         (#8)      Paxson to Cantwell (mostly gravel)
Edgerton Highway                    (#10)    Richardson Highway to Chitina (mostly gravel)
Elliott Highway                          (#2)      Fox to Manley Hot Springs (partially gravel)
Glenn Highway                         (#1)       Anchorage to Glennallen
Haines Cut-off                          (#7)       Canadian border to Haines
McCarthy Road                        (#10)    Chitina to McCarthy (mostly gravel)
Parks Highway                         (#3)      Wasilla to Fairbanks
Richardson Highway                (#1, 2 & 4)    Valdez to Fairbanks
Seward Highway                      (#1 & 9) Anchorage to Seward
Steese Highway                       (#2 & 6)    Fairbanks to Circle (partially gravel)
Sterling Highway                      (#1)      Moose Pass to Homer
Taylor Highway                         (#5)    Tok to Eagle (mostly gravel)
Tok Cut-off                               (#1)    Tok to Gakona

Roads more than forty (40) miles long outside of urban areas without route numbers:
Denali Park Road                    Park Entrance to Kantishna (mostly gravel)
Chena Hot Springs Road        Fairbanks to Chena Hot Springs
Nabesna Road                        Slana to Nabesna (mostly gravel)
Nome-Teller Road                   Nome to Teller (mostly gravel)

Route #1        starts at #2 & meets 3, 4, & 9
Route #2        meets #1, 3, 4, 5, 6, & 11
Route #3        starts at #1, ends at 2, & meets 8
Route #4        ends at #2 & meets #1 & 8
Route #5        starts at #2
Route #6        starts at #2
Route #7        meets no other highway in Alaska
Route #8        starts at #4 & ends at 3
Route #9        starts at #1
Route #10      ends at #4
Route #11      starts at #2

Rural vs. Urban Towing

Parks Highway Service & Towing is an automotive (cars, pick-up trucks, vans, motorcycles, small trucks, and small RVs) towing company in an extremely rural part of Alaska. We serve a large area, extending over 150 miles along the northern portion of the Parks Highway*, the highway connecting Alaska’s two major cities: Fairbanks and Anchorage. The northern portion goes through six communities: Nenana (99760), Anderson (99744), Clear Air Force Station (99704), Healy (99743), Denali Park (99755), and Cantwell (99729). In this whole area, we are the only towing service. There are no major automotive repair facilities and only two small shops. Most tows in this area are long distance. Even service calls involve quite a few miles of driving to the scene and back. Some people ask why there are not more towers or roadside assistance service providers in the area, but the overall population is less than 3000, so there is not enough business to support more than one company. (There is barely enough business to support this one company.)

Our volume of business is low, but we are on call 24/7 so that we are always available to come to the assistance of those in need. It means that we are not free to pursuit other activities or other business because we need to be on call. When responding to your call for assistance, usually we can leave immediately and the only factor determining how long it will take a truck to arrive is the distance. We can get there faster than any other towing service because, if you are on the northern Parks Highway between mileposts 336 and 177, we are closer than any other towing service and because we have no other obligations other than providing towing and roadside assistance along the northern Parks Highway and in the communities of Nenana, Anderson, Clear AFS, Healy, Denali Park, and Cantwell.

Urban towers do a number of relatively quick jobs during a day. They may be going from one job straight to the next. Wait time for you is based more on how busy the tower is, than on how far away you are. They may be reluctant to invest a huge amount of time to a long-distance job when they have a number of small jobs waiting to be done.

*The full name of the road is the “George Parks Highway” which is Route 3. Most Alaskans do not use Route numbers and may not even know them, but rather use the name of the highway, in this case the “Parks Highway.” There are very few signs identifying the route number of a highway. There are only eleven numbered highways in Alaska and some of them are mostly gravel—hardly what most people would call a “highway.”