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Richardson Highway Speed Limit Increase

Fairbanks, Alaska
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Richardson Highway Speed Limit Increase

FYI: In November the State increased the speed limit on the Richardson Hwy from Delta Junction to Valdez, they upped it to 65 mph.

I am not sure if this helps with anything but it should save some time coming up or going down the back way. But it will help get to Valdez and Chitna faster!

Wasilla, Alaska
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1. Re: Richardson Highway Speed Limit Increase

Honestly... I'm usually screaming along at 75-80. So this just means if I get pulled over my ticket will be a little less.

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2. Re: Richardson Highway Speed Limit Increase

Look for more dead caribou and moose along the road.

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3. Re: Richardson Highway Speed Limit Increase

AKStafford - you remind me of the other day heading into town (Homer) on East End Road with this idiot flying by us as if we were standing still (we were doing about 40 and he probably was in an excess of 80). Probably one of the Russians.

Paxson, Alaska
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If there ever were a prize for the World's Most Dysfunctional Community, Paxson - which for you non-Alaskans squats at mile 185 (miles 169 - 195) of the Richardson Hwy - would be so far ahead as 1st that there would be no 2nd place. If some one of us were so foolish as to assert the sun shows up more often in "summer" than in "winter", s/he would be contradicted in 5 different ways by 3 other residents.

BUT - when this speed limit increase was brought up at our most recent Community <strikethrough>FreeForAll</strikethrough> Meeting, there was utter unanimity from absolutely everyone present in agreeing how moronic this was. We did agree that there are stretches of the road where 65 isn't a big problem - much of the road south of Hogan Hill into Gakona Jct., for example - but there is virtually no 3-mile stretch of road north of Hogan (about mile140) to Donnelly Dome where you should be driving over 50, let alone 55.

Take it from Paxson: this is NOT a 65mph road. The first item in over 40 years where there was agreement in Paxson.

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Edited: 25 January 2014, 01:19
haines, alaska
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5. Re: Richardson Highway Speed Limit Increase

You know Audie we are getting pressured here in Haines to rebuild a portion of our highway between here and the Canadian border to accommodate higher speeds, as well........

There are certain mining interests that want to be able to drive the highway faster in their trucks........follow the money, to find out who is behind these decisions......bet it's not those who actually live in the communities.....

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6. Re: Richardson Highway Speed Limit Increase

Well they could post speeds at specific areas, such as 45 mph through Paxson. They do it here on the Sterling. Not counting Homer and Soldotna, it is 45 through Anchor Point, Ninilchik, and Sterling. As for Cooper Landing it is down to 35 in places. Otherwise, it is 55. Yes, we have done 70 in parts (particularly that straight away east of Sterling.

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