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The Taylor Highway (numbered Alaska Route 5) is a highway in the U.S. state of Alaska that extends 160 miles (258 km) from Tetlin Junction, about 11 miles (17 km) east of Tok on the Alaska Highway, to Eagle.
Taylor Highway highlighted in red
|Maintained by Alaska DOT&PF|
|Length||160 mi (260 km)|
|South end||AK-2 (Alaska Highway) at Tetlin Junction|
|Top of the World Highway at Jack Wade Junction|
|North end||Front Street in Eagle|
The first 60 miles (97 km) of the highway are paved; the rest are gravel. The highway is closed to automobile traffic from October through April, but is used by snowmobiles in the winter. The large Fortymile caribou herd roams near the highway. The highway also provides access to the Fortymile River National Wild and Scenic River system.
It was built in 1953 to provide access to Eagle, Chicken, and the historic Fortymile Mining District. It connects to the Top of the World Highway 96 miles (154 km) from Tetlin, at Jack Wade Junction, allowing road access to Dawson City, Yukon during parts of the year. It is 79 miles (127 km) from Jack Wade Junction to Dawson City.
The entire route is in Unorganized Borough.
|Tetlin Junction||0||0.0||AK-2 (Alaska Highway) – Tok, Canada||Southern terminus of Alaska Route 5 & Taylor Highway|
|Chicken||66||106||Airport Road||To Chicken Airport|
|Jack Wade Junction||96||154||Top of the World Highway to Dawson City east||Western terminus of Top of the World Highway|
|Eagle||160||260||Front Street||Northern terminus of Alaska Route 5|
|1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi|