For some reason, years ago, Jack documented this heavy haul load quite thoroughly so why not share it with you guys. This is a 2006 heavy haul load with 2 push trucks going up Atigun Pass on the Dalton Highway, and coming down the other side. The load might be some kind of heater, maybe to heat the oil going down the pipeline, but Jack’s not totally sure. It’s an outside unit so didn’t need to be covered. Click on the first one and scroll to the right.
Jack was able to meet Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski this past week! There was a get-together to discuss the condition of the Dalton Highway, and to try to raise money to improve the notoriously pock-marked and wash-boarded road. Also attending were the head of the US Dept of Transportation, Elaine Chao, and several other Carlile drivers and employees. Click on the first one to enlarge, and scroll to the right.
Tom Hendricks, Jack Jessee, Elaine Chao, Lisa Murkowski, John Slater and Phil Kromm
The conference room in Prudhoe Bay where they met…
and the drivers with blue booties on.
The Carlile guys.
Lisa Murkowskit being given a pipeline memento by Alyeska Pipeline president, Thomas Barrett.
Secretary of Transportation, Elain Chao; Jack; and Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski
A scruffy Carlile driver with our highly esteemed Senator.
At some point every year white out conditions occur on the Dalton where you can see barely 20 feet in front of you. Here are some photos from last year. Someone went off the road and laid their truck over on its side. Click on the first one and scroll to the right.
Two truckers were caught in an avalanche Monday night on the Dalton. Jack was not involved and neither of the drivers were seriously hurt. The road is now closed and the State is working on trying to trigger avalanches before they reopen. We’ve had tons of snow, seems like a record breaking year for snow actually, but for some reason no one made the decision to deal with this before it got to this point.
Photo credit: Jonothan James Kasak via the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner website
“One of the trucks that was stuck was a tanker carrying methanol; the other one carried glycol. When the highway reopens, the state Department of Environmental Conservation will evaluate whether there were any spills. The other two trucks were able to proceed with minimal assistance from a Department of Transportation crew, Bailey said.
Atigun Pass is one of a handful of mountain passes where work crews frequently fire Howitzer artillery at snowcovered slopes to trigger avalanches in order to prevent unplanned slides. Avalanche gates were installed on the south side of the pass three years ago to stop vehicles headed into avalanche danger. This was the first time the gate has been used.”
Not a calm winter day, but a normal winter day. These were from last year, and actually the first three are from early April and the rest are from one day in mid-April 2016. Click on the first one and scroll to the right for best viewing.