Info for Haul Rd Group: Dalton Drill Rig Move – Dates will change

For questions, or if you would like to receive status updates during the move, please email
Please note that the highlighted times are adjusted slightly from the original published schedule.
On Saturday, Feb. 22, at 4 a.m., Accumulate Energy Alaska, Inc., in partnership with Cruz Construction and Nordic, will begin moving a large drill rig on the Dalton Highway from Deadhorse to mile 386. The move is anticipated to last through Sunday, Feb. 23, at 9 a.m.
Traffic will not be able to pass the drill rig during the move. The rig is large enough that it requires both lanes of the highway to travel and it will be traveling at low speeds. Drivers should anticipate lengthy delays. Road closures will be established during the move to control traffic. Over the two day move, the drill rig will pull into pullouts in three locations and waiting traffic will be permitted to travel through.
These are the locations and anticipated times:
  • Depart Deadhorse at 4 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 22
  • Pullout at mile 412.7, road open from 7 a.m. – 10:00 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 22
  • Pullout at mile 404.9, road open from 5 – 6:30 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 22
  • Pullout at mile 400.9, road open from 9:30 – 11 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 22
  • Open road at mile 386.7, 9 a.m., Sunday, Feb. 23
Moving the drill rig from the pullout at mile 400.9 to mile 386 will require a road closure lasting approximately 10 hours. This is the longest continuous closure. Mats will be utilized on the highway to protect infrastructure and emergency access is being coordinated with first responders. The drill rig will return to Deadhorse in mid-April, the return trip will also impact traffic. As soon as dates of the return trip are finalized they will be announced. The move schedule may be impacted by weather.
For more information, please contact Tony Lamping, Cruz Construction at or call 907-841-8006.