Alaska Highway - Whitehorse, Yukon Territory
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N 60° 42.722 W 135° 04.798
8V E 495635 N 6730715
Quick Description: This International Historic Civil Engineering Landmark plaque in relation to the Alaska Highway, is recognized as an historic civil engineering site by both the Canadian and American Society of Civil Engineering.
Location: Yukon Territory, Canada
Date Posted: 7/1/2020 7:39:05 AM
Waymark Code: WM12Q8R
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member QuesterMark
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Long Description:
Inscription on the plaque:

Alaska Highway
Completed in 1942

Constructed in just 8 months in 1942,
this 2,450 kilometre highway provided
an essential transportation link to
the northwest of North America during
the Second World War; and has since
remained a major transportation artery.

American Society of Civil Engineers
Canadian Society of Civil Engineers

"The Alaska Highway

The Alaska Highway, initially called the Alaskan-Canadian (Alcan) Military Highway, provided an essential transportation link to the Yukon and Alaska during World War II. It begins at the junction with several Canadian highways in Dawson Creek, British Columbia and runs to Delta Junction, Alaska, via Whitehorse, Yukon. After the shock of Pearl Harbor, the Alaska Highway was a first step in America's defense strategy -- a vital military supply line during the war. Over ten thousand Army Engineers were rushed to the far Northwest. Their mission was to blaze a road to Alaska in less than a year. They battled mountains, muskeg and mosquitoes on a front that stretched across miles and miles of rugged, sub-Arctic terrain. To this day, it has remained the only transportation link to the Yukon and Inuvik Region of the Northwest Territories.

Alaska Highway Mile 0 sign Built in 1942 in just eight months, the 2500 km (1570 miles) highway was a significant feat of time critical engineering and construction. Besides being completed much sooner than expected, the Alaska Highway was the largest undertaking at the time for a northern construction project. It still remains one of the largest northern construction projects to this day.

During the project's construction, significant experiences were gained in Arctic engineering and construction, particularly in permafrost. The Alaska Highway provided an opportunity for the development and refinement of cold region engineering roadway construction techniques and construction supply techniques. In addition to increasing knowledge in the field of cold region engineering, it enabled the development, settlement and economic growth of millions of acres of land. The highway also became the basis for a substantial tourism-based economy.

Reference: (visit link)
Transportation Museum, Norseman Road, Whitehorse, Yukon

Type of structure/site: Highway

Date of Construction: 1942

Engineering Organization Listing: Canadian Society for Civil Engineering (CSCE)

Primary Web Site: [Web Link]

Secondary Web Site: [Web Link]

Engineer/Architect/Builder etc.: Not listed

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