When Was the Alaska Highway Built and How Long Did It Take To Build the Alaska Highway?

The Alaska Highway, also known as the Alaska-Canadian Highway, was constructed during World War II and connects the contiguous U.S. to Alaska through Canada.

It took engineers less than a year to build this 1,397-mile (2,248-km) road from Dawson Creek, British Columbia, in Canada, to Delta Junction, Alaska (near Fairbanks) during 1942 and 1943.

They were in a hurry because a route was needed during World War II to transport military supplies to U.S. bases in Alaska.

A few sections of the highway are still gravel-surfaced today.

The Alaska Highway is often considered to be part of the Pan-American Highway, which extends south to Argentina.

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