Alaska Highway reopened in Yukon after 4-day flood closure

Associated PressJune 12, 2012 

In this photo taken Sunday, June 10, 2012, a road sign stands along a section of the washed-out Alaska Highway near Watson Lake, Yukon in Canada.

JOSEPH BRADLEY / AP PHOTO

Traffic is moving again on a section of the Alaska Highway in Canada's Yukon territory that was closed for four days because of a washout.

Allan Nixon, assistant deputy minister of Yukon Highways and Public works, says many people driving recreational vehicles and campers waited until Tuesday morning to get back on the road.

The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner says the washout occurred along a critical stretch of the Alaska Highway north of Watson Lake. Crews worked around the clock to repair the highway, which was reopened Monday night.

Mike Behner of Fairbanks was one of those stuck in Watson Lake. He says the town was crowded with semi trucks, RVs and other vehicles waiting for the road to reopen.

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