Possible Heavy Traffic on the Richardson Highway

Beginning the evening of Friday, July 15, U.S. Army Alaska Arctic Anvil will begin.  Expect periods of heavy convoy traffic at times.  The U.S. Army releases this information:

HEADQUARTERS, U.S. ARMY ALASKA, JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska – Travelers along the Richardson Highway corridor between Fairbanks and Delta Junction will see an increase in military convoys and training action later this summer as U.S. Army Alaska hosts exercise Arctic Anvil from July 23 through Aug. 3, but efforts are being made to minimize the traffic impact on the community.

The exercise will involve approximately 8,000 Soldiers and military support personnel in training areas surrounding Fort Wainwright, Delta Junction and Fort Greely. The influx of Soldiers began in June, with high traffic expected on the Richardson Highway from mid-July to early August. U.S. Army Alaska is working closely with the Alaska Department of Transportation and the interior Alaska communities to ensure the hundreds of military vehicles traveling intermittently in manageable convoys along the Richardson Highway between Fort Wainwright and Fort Greely and create as little impact on local and tourist traffic as possible.

U.S. Army Alaska planners for the exercise have scheduled the vast majority of convoys between Fort Wainwright and the Donnelly Training Area to roll at night between 6 p.m. and 4 a.m. to minimize traffic problems. A color-coded calendar is being published to show expected times of heavy, medium and light military traffic so residents can see when military traffic will be heaviest and plan accordingly.

Military vehicles may be on the road at other times as needed to accomplish the military mission. The final convoys should be rolling no later than 6 a.m., Aug. 8, as units and equipment return to Fort Wainwright.

To keep an eye on the exercise, residents can turn to Arctic Anvil social media accounts at https://twitter.com/Arctic_Anvil and https://www.facebook.com/ArcticAnvil/. Questions or concerns may be directed to the U.S. Army Alaska Public Affairs Office at (907) 353-0498 or 384-2072.

Arctic Anvil will test and validate USARAK’s ability to receive and redeploy large numbers of personnel from outside Alaska. This reinforces Alaska as a power projection platform as it exercises its ability to efficiently exercise Reception, Staging, Onward Movement and Integration.

With mature fort-to-port secure rail systems, deep water ports and two high-capacity Air Force bases, Alaska is strategically equipped to be a power projection platform into the Pacific and the Arctic.

The exercise also showcases the vast and diverse training area of the Joint Pacific Alaska Range Complex, providing unmatched opportunities for present and future service, joint, interagency and multinational training. JPARC consists of approximately 65,000 square miles of available airspace, 2,490 square miles of land space with 1.5 million acres of maneuver land which includes high altitude and mountainous regions, and 42,000 square miles of sea and airspace in the Gulf of Alaska.

Arctic Anvil is an integrated combined, joint and coalition training event will include the participation of U.S. Army Alaska, Alaska National Guard, Iowa National Guard, U.S. Air Force, 196th Infantry Brigade and the Canadian military. Large combined operations exercises like this provide vital training opportunities for active duty and National Guard units to integrate and work together as we do in combat environments.

As part of U.S. Army Alaska’s involved relationship with the Canadian Army, 1 Canadian Mounted Brigade Group is expected to send a unit of soldiers to participate in the exercise.