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One thing you might find confusing if you’re driving is how the highways have a number but no one refers to them this way. Getting directions from someone will probably involve a name and not a number. Following the number is okay on the map but one number can be a few different highways. Alaska 1 is a great example of this…it’s called all of these depending where you are on the highway:
Tok Cut-Off
Glenn Highway
Seward Highway
Sterling Highway
Also, unlike the US interstate system, Alaska doesn’t follow the “odd numbers go north and south” and the “even numbers run east and west” so don’t base the roads on that system. You’re better off knowing which name goes where. Like the Parks highway connects Wasilla (at the Glenn Highway) to Fairbanks. The numbering pattern seems to go from 1-11 which could make sense, but then there’s Alaska 98 also called the Klondike Highway. Name changes are common among Alaska roads—one side is usually called one thing, another side a different name. Or it may seem one road ends but then you see it again on the other side of the town and no way to figure out how that road made it there. One last thing: don’t bet that just because it’s called a highway, that it’s paved. It’s not always the case.

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  • Updated Oct 1, 2006
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