A new all-weather, gravel road -- part of the Trans-Alaska pipeline project -- has just been completed.
A new all-weather, gravel road -- part of the Trans-Alaska pipeline project -- has just been completed. It links the Prudhoe Gay field to the Yukon.
Officials hailed this as an "historic moment" and they say the new road will speed up the completion of the Trans-Alaska pipeline, costing two thousand million pounds sterling (about five billion U.S. dollars).
The 385-mile (570 kilometre) road was the first work undertaken in the pipeline project. It enables trucks to bring in materials and equipment to complete camps for the crews which will lay the Trans-Alaska pipeline.
A small ceremony was held to mark the "historic moment" when the new road was linked just before the onset of severe winter weather.
The road was built by 3,500 men. They worked round the clock for 154 days.
SYNOPSIS: This site is thirty miles inside the Arctic Circle in North Alaska. Heavy trucks were loaded with essential equipment and supplies needed to complete camps for the crews which will lay the Trans-Alaska Pipeline. They were waiting for a historic moment -- the final link-up of an all-weather road, connecting the Produce Bay Field to the Yukon. Until now, all such cargo was brought into this region by 'plane.
Bad weather prevented dignitaries from flying in, and turned an elaborate event into a simple ceremony. On the south fork of the Koyukuk (pronounced Koy-oh-kuck) River. Mrs. Bill Turner, wife of a construction official, was among those who managed to fly into the camp. And she cut the ribbon. With only a short pause for the ceremony, the bulldozers pushed in the last gravel to link the segments of the road.
The road will speed up the completion of the two-thousand million pounds sterling Trans-Alaska pipeline. And, by the middle of nineteen-seventy-seven, the first daily million barrels of oil will start to flow through the pipeline. One day perhaps the road will make possible an overland route from Central America to the Arctic Circle.