SRO Update for April 7, 2017

April 07, 2017 Posted by: Riley Tingue, Road Crew Supervisor
Plow Crew Locations: The crew is currently at mile 47. The snow has been consistent and there was a small slide at Mile 43 as the climbed up from the East Fork Bridge. This slide is not uncommon. There was a decent amount of ice at the East Fork cabin but it was soft and removed without a great struggle. We hope to make it to Toklat by the 11th so the West B&U crew can move directly in without delay.

a machine plowing uphill through deep snowAbove: The dozer pushes off snow at Mile 43.5.  NPS Photo / Michael Merrick

Steam Crew Locations: Miles 4,5,7,16,22,34, & 41. The warmer temps from last night keept most of the culverts open and made for an easier day for the steam crew.

Snow Depths: 3' on average, deepest encountered was 5' feet in the ditch

Aufeis Depths: Up to 4 feet at East Fork Cabin

Road Open to Public Traffic: Savage River, Mile 15

Equipment Status: All is doing well. A big thanks to the Auto Shop for keeping us up and running.

Current Weather Forecast

Current Weather at HQ: 46 above

Wildlife Sightings: Caribou, Golden Eagles, Squirrels (both kinds) and more birds.

Notes/Observations/Comments: Machinery will soon be removing the ice on the road between Savage and Tek in preparations for public traffic. For hikers or cyclists: The road has areas of mud and ice and of course, dust. The more traffic the road gets the longer it takes to dry out. There is a few soft spots forming in Igloo Forest. Thanks and have a great weekend.

a snow covered mountain with a snow-covered road along its flank
Snow slide in the distance at Mile 43.5. NPS Photo / Paul Franke

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  3. Keith
    August 02, 2018 at 10:09

    Riley, I visited Denali NP last week and I was curious about the pipes on / in the culverts in the paved section out to mike 11. I understand that you steam culverts to clear ice to allow water to drain thru the culverts but the system with the tall pipes seam different. Can you explain better how this system works as there was a valve on the "low" side of the road but no apparent outlet. Many thanks,

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