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Haines Road Construction Begins, December 1942



The Haines Highway Today

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Chicago Tribune - December 12, 1942, page 11

BEGIN WORK ON NEW LINK WITH ALCAN HIGHWAY - Chicago Tribune, December 12, 1942

    WHITE HORSE, Yukon Territory, Dec. 9 [Delayed]. - Another feeder line and important new link in the Alcan military highway system now is under way, Brig. Gen. James A. O'Connor, chief of the Northwest service command which is operating the roadways, announced today in a letter to Anthony J. Dimond, veteran delegate who represents Alaska in congress. Gen. O'Connor wrote:

    "I am well aware of your long-time interest in the department of land communication with Alaska. The Haines-Champaigne road, construction of which has started, will connect southeastern Alaska with the Alcan military highway and will be an important step in the development of the Alaskan road network.

Brings Highway Closer to Cities.

    "We already have landed crews and equipment at Haines. This road will provide a second port of entry from southeastern Alaska to the Alcan highway and will bring the highway closer to such Alaskan cities as Juneau, Ketchikan, and Sitka."

    The new highway will run from Haines near the head of the inside Passage on the Lynn canal about 20 miles south of Skagway Chilkoot barracks. The first American army post in Alaska is near by. It will take much of the pressure off Skagway as the port from which supplies take to the road system for distribution to Alaska and Yukon posts. About 42 pioneer miles of the new road link already are in existence, having been developed by the Alaskan road commission, winding up over the timbered mountain slope near the coast.

Army to Complete Job.

    The army will complete the job, bringing the highway up over Chilkat pass, the third route followed by the Klondikers in 1898, the others being the Chilkoot and the White. Then it will wind for about 100 miles to Champaigne, Yukon Territory, one of the important construction centers in the building of the Alcan north from White Horse.

    The link road is a pet project of Gov. Ernest Gruening of Alaska. He and Gen. O'Connor conferred on its building in a November meeting here.