Avalanches, washouts close stretches of Canada highways

Associated PressJune 8, 2012 

Avalanches and washouts are closing stretches of highway in Canada that could affect Alaska motorists.

Alaska and Canada highway agencies reported Friday that the Klondike Highway -- the road from Skagway to Canada -- was closed because of avalanches between the U.S.-Canada border and Carcross, Yukon.

Washouts on the Alaska Highway in Canada have resulted in closures between Junction 37 and Teslin, on the southern end of the Yukon Territory, and between Haines Junction and Destruction Bay.

It wasn't immediately clear just how long the closures will remain in effect, though the department expects the closures on the Alaska Highway to last at least through the weekend.

Travelers are urged to check Yukon Territory road conditions at www.511yukon.ca. Alaska road conditions are 511.alaska.gov.

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