*** Early Notice – Permits Still in Process ***
Starting Saturday, Feb. 15, at 12 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 Monday, Feb. 17, at 12 p.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 three 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:
– Pullout at mile 412.7, 7 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 15
– Pullout at mile 404.9, 8 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 15
– Pullout at mile 400.9, 5 a.m., Sunday, Feb. 16
– Open road at mile 386.7, 12 a.m., Monday, Feb 17
Moving the drill rig from the pullout at mile 400.9 to mile 386 will require a road closure lasting approximately 16 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 move schedule may be impacted by weather.
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.