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Alaska Highway 1 (Glenn Highway) Photographs - Page 3N: Knik River to Palmer


ALASKA HWY 1 #61 - © Cameron Bevers             ALASKA HWY 1 #242 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Facing north along the Glenn Highway (Hwy 1) at the Knik River Bridge. This glacier-fed river is the largest river crossed by the Glenn Highway.
(Photograph taken on May 28, 2012  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Crossing the Knik River Bridge on the Northbound Glenn Highway (Hwy 1). The tiny parapet-mounted luminaires on the Knik River Bridge are one of the coolest highway illumination systems that I have ever seen used. I suspect that the decision to use such low-mounted luminaires is likely based on the prevailing weather patterns in the area, which I would assume includes frequent fog. See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(Photograph taken on May 29, 2012  -  © Cameron Bevers)





ALASKA HWY 1 #241 - © Cameron Bevers             ALASKA HWY 1 #286 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Facing south along the Glenn Highway (Hwy 1) at the Knik River Bridge.
(Photograph taken on May 29, 2012  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Knik River Bridge on the Glenn Highway (Hwy 1), south of Palmer. See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(Photograph taken on May 29, 2012  -  © Cameron Bevers)





ALASKA HWY 1 #287 - © Cameron Bevers             ALASKA HWY 1 #288 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - When the Glenn Highway was relocated in the 1960s, a new crossing of the Knik River was required. The structure at left was constructed in 1965, and originally carried two-way traffic. The bridge was twinned in 1993 when a new structure was built to carry the southbound lanes of the Glenn Highway. The new structure can be seen at right.
(Photograph taken on May 29, 2012  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Dual Glenn Highway structures over the Knik River, facing south. See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(Photograph taken on May 29, 2012  -  © Cameron Bevers)





ALASKA HWY 1 #289 - © Cameron Bevers             ALASKA HWY 1 #290 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Parapet-mounted luminaire on the Knik River Bridge on the Glenn Highway (Hwy 1) south of Palmer.
(Photograph taken on May 29, 2012  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - View of the Knik River from the lookout beside the Glenn Highway (Hwy 1). The Knik River drains into the Pacific Ocean at Cook Inlet (Knik Arm). See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(Photograph taken on May 29, 2012  -  © Cameron Bevers)





ALASKA HWY 1 #291 - © Cameron Bevers             ALASKA HWY 1 #60 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Guide sign marking the upcoming Old Glenn Highway Interchange on the Southbound Glenn Highway (Hwy 1), south of Palmer.
(Photograph taken on May 29, 2012  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Northbound Glenn Highway (Hwy 1) approaching the Knik River Access Road Interchange south of Palmer.
(Photograph taken on May 28, 2012  -  © Cameron Bevers)





ALASKA HWY 1 #292 - © Cameron Bevers             ALASKA HWY 1 #293 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - These two corrugated steel culverts carry the Knik River Road below the Glenn Highway (Hwy 1). The road dead-ends at a parking lot at the Knik River.
(Photograph taken on May 29, 2012  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Looking through the Knik River Road Underpass on the Glenn Highway (Hwy 1) south of Palmer.
(Photograph taken on May 29, 2012  -  © Cameron Bevers)





ALASKA HWY 1 #294 - © Cameron Bevers             ALASKA HWY 1 #295 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - This sign was just begging to be made an example of. This is Alaska after all, what did they think was going to happen to this sign?
(Photograph taken on May 29, 2012  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Crossing the Matanuska River Bridge on the Southbound Glenn Highway (Hwy 1). The Chugach Mountains rise majestically above the Glenn Highway. These peaks form a spectacular vertical face standing more than a mile high. See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(Photograph taken on May 29, 2012  -  © Cameron Bevers)





ALASKA HWY 1 #296 - © Cameron Bevers             ALASKA HWY 1 #297 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - As the Glenn Highway (Hwy 1) crosses the Palmer Hay Flats near the Matanuska River, motorists are offered a panoramic view of the Chugach Mountains. Although the Glenn Highway is a controlled-access freeway for most of its route between Palmer and Anchorage, the scenery along the way is quite breathtaking! See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(Photograph taken on May 29, 2012  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Facing south along the Glenn Highway (Hwy 1) at the Palmer Hay Flats, about 35 miles north of Anchorage. See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(Photograph taken on May 29, 2012  -  © Cameron Bevers)





ALASKA HWY 1 #298 - © Cameron Bevers             ALASKA HWY 1 #59 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Facing north along the Glenn Highway (Hwy 1) at the Palmer Hay Flats north of the Knik River. See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(Photograph taken on May 29, 2012  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Facing north along the Glenn Highway (Hwy 1) approaching the Matanuska-Susitna (Mat-Su) Valley Interchange near Palmer. At the Mat-Su Valley Interchange, the Glenn Highway exits from the freeway and heads northeasterly towards Palmer and Glennallen. The freeway continues north from the Mat-Su Valley Interchange towards Wasilla as Hwy 3. Shortly after the new Anchorage-Fairbanks Highway was completed in the early 1970s, it was renamed the George Parks Highway in honour of one of Alaska's early territorial governors. However, as the highway sign at right suggests, Hwy 3's official route name is more commonly abbreviated as the "Parks Highway". See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(Photograph taken on May 28, 2012  -  © Cameron Bevers)





ALASKA HWY 1 #299 - © Cameron Bevers             ALASKA HWY 1 #300 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Guide sign marking the junction of the George Parks Highway (Hwy 3) on the Northbound Glenn Highway (Hwy 1) at the Mat-Su Valley Interchange.
(Photograph taken on May 29, 2012  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Diagrammatic overhead sign marking the upcoming Mat-Su Valley Interchange on the Glenn Highway (Hwy 1). This is Alaska's only overhead freeway diagrammatic sign. It clearly conveys the message that Hwy 1 actually exits from the freeway towards Palmer at the next interchange. By staying on the freeway, motorists will find that they are heading north towards Wasilla on the George Parks Highway (Hwy 3). The George Parks Highway continues north from this point for 325 miles to Fairbanks. See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(Photograph taken on May 29, 2012  -  © Cameron Bevers)





ALASKA HWY 1 #301 - © Cameron Bevers             ALASKA HWY 1 #302 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Overhead signs marking the George Parks Highway (Hwy 3) and Glenn Highway (Hwy 1) Split at the Mat-Su Valley Interchange. See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(Photograph taken on May 29, 2012  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Facing south along the Glenn Highway (Hwy 1) approaching the merge with the George Parks Highway (Hwy 3) at the Mat-Su Valley Interchange near Palmer. At the merge, Hwy 1 continues south along the freeway towards Anchorage, while Hwy 3 ends.
(Photograph taken on May 29, 2012  -  © Cameron Bevers)





ALASKA HWY 1 #303 - © Cameron Bevers             ALASKA HWY 1 #304 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Southern terminus of the George Parks Highway (Hwy 3) at the Mat-Su Valley Interchange. Note the heavy southbound traffic volumes heading towards Anchorage from Wasilla and Palmer. Located about 40 miles north of Anchorage, these two suburban cities are growing very rapidly, with significant new developments appearing on the landscape. Evidently, many of the residents of Palmer and Wasilla commute to Anchorage daily. See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(Photograph taken on May 29, 2012  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - The Glenn Highway passes below the George Parks Highway at the Mat-Su Valley Interchange, then sweeps around this long curve before merging onto the freeway nearly a mile to the south. The freeway portion of the Glenn Highway begins at this interchange and continues south towards Anchorage. See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(Photograph taken on May 29, 2012  -  © Cameron Bevers)





ALASKA HWY 1 #305 - © Cameron Bevers             ALASKA HWY 1 #317 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Facing east along the Glenn Highway (Hwy 1) towards Palmer at the George Parks Highway (Hwy 3) Overpass.
(Photograph taken on May 29, 2012  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Alaska Hwy 1 Junction Sign at the Mat-Su Valley Interchange. See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(Photograph taken on May 29, 2012  -  © Cameron Bevers)





ALASKA HWY 1 #307 - © Cameron Bevers             ALASKA HWY 1 #306 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Sign marking the turn-off to Palmer on the Glenn Highway (Hwy 1) from the end of the exit ramp from the Southbound George Parks Highway (Hwy 3). The ramps on the northern side of the Mat-Su Valley Interchange are essentially in a diamond configuration.
(Photograph taken on May 29, 2012  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Decorative retaining wall at the Mat-Su Valley Interchange, on the on-ramp to Northbound Hwy 3 near Wasilla.
(Photograph taken on May 29, 2012  -  © Cameron Bevers)





ALASKA HWY 3 #125 - © Cameron Bevers             ALASKA HWY 3 #100 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Facing north along the George Parks Highway (Hwy 3) from the Glenn Highway (Hwy 1) Junction at the Mat-Su Valley Interchange. See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(Photograph taken on May 29, 2012  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Bridge-mounted guide sign for the upcoming Hwy 1 Junction at the Mat-Su Valley Interchange. See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(Photograph taken on May 29, 2012  -  © Cameron Bevers)





ALASKA HWY 3 #97 - © Cameron Bevers             ALASKA HWY 3 #99 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Guide sign approaching the Glenn Highway (Hwy 1) Junction at the Mat-Su Valley Interchange on Hwy 3. See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(Photograph taken on May 29, 2012  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Glenn Highway Exit Sign on the Southbound George Parks Highway (Hwy 3) at the Mat-Su Valley Interchange. The George Parks Highway ends its 325 mile journey across Central Alaska at this interchange. Although Hwy 3 ends here, the freeway continues south towards Anchorage as the Glenn Highway (Hwy 1). See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(Photograph taken on May 29, 2012  -  © Cameron Bevers)





ALASKA HWY 1 #310 - © Cameron Bevers             ALASKA HWY 1 #308 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Facing west along the Glenn Highway (Hwy 1) towards the George Parks Highway (Hwy 3) Flyovers at the Mat-Su Valley Interchange. See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(Photograph taken on May 29, 2012  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - These dual structures carry the George Parks Highway (Hwy 3) above the Glenn Highway (Hwy 1) at the Mat-Su Valley Interchange. Note that the structures have been designed in such a way that they can be expanded easily in the future. See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(Photograph taken on May 29, 2012  -  © Cameron Bevers)





ALASKA HWY 1 #309 - © Cameron Bevers             ALASKA HWY 1 #311 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - George Parks Highway (Hwy 3) Flyovers above the Glenn Highway (Hwy 1) at the Mat-Su Valley Interchange. See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(Photograph taken on May 29, 2012  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Mat-Su Valley Interchange on the Glenn Highway (Hwy 1), facing west. See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(Photograph taken on May 29, 2012  -  © Cameron Bevers)





ALASKA HWY 1 #313 - © Cameron Bevers             ALASKA HWY 1 #56 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - The scenery along the Glenn Highway in the Palmer area is simply stunning - period! See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(Photograph taken on May 29, 2012  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Exit guide sign for the George Parks Highway (Hwy 3) at the Mat-Su Valley Interchange.
(Photograph taken on May 28, 2012  -  © Cameron Bevers)





ALASKA HWY 1 #198 - © Cameron Bevers             ALASKA HWY 1 #57 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Exit sign for the George Parks Highway (Hwy 3) on the Westbound Glenn Highway (Hwy 1), facing west towards the Mat-Su Valley Interchange. See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(Photograph taken on May 29, 2012  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Guide sign for the upcoming George Parks Highway (Hwy 3) Junction at the Mat-Su Valley Interchange on the Westbound Glenn Highway (Hwy 1).
(Photograph taken on May 28, 2012  -  © Cameron Bevers)





ALASKA HWY 1 #226 - © Cameron Bevers             ALASKA HWY 1 #314 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Approaching the Mat-Su Valley Interchange on the Westbound Glenn Highway (Hwy 1). The guide sign at right marks the exit to the Northbound George Parks Highway (Hwy 3), which leads north to Wasilla, Denali National Park, and ultimately Fairbanks. See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(Photograph taken on May 29, 2012  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Facing east along the Glenn Highway (Hwy 1) towards Palmer from the Mat-Su Valley Interchange. See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(Photograph taken on May 29, 2012  -  © Cameron Bevers)





ALASKA HWY 1 #315 - © Cameron Bevers             ALASKA HWY 1 #312 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Alaska Hwy 1 reassurance marker on the Eastbound Glenn Highway near the Mat-Su Valley Interchange.
(Photograph taken on May 29, 2012  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - The spectacular Chugach Mountains reflect in the wetlands beside the Glenn Highway (Hwy 1). See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(Photograph taken on May 29, 2012  -  © Cameron Bevers)





ALASKA HWY 1 #316 - © Cameron Bevers             ALASKA HWY 1 #58 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Brown guide sign for the Matanuska Lakes State Recreation Area on the Glenn Highway (Hwy 1) near Palmer. I find Alaska's "angled" recreational area guide signs to be particularly interesting. In my home province of Ontario (Canada), angled signs such as this one were used to mark exits of freeways for the better part of two decades, until they were replaced with rectangular signs in the 1980s. I was happy to see similar style signs still being used in Alaska.
(Photograph taken on May 29, 2012  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Distance guide sign on the Eastbound Glenn Highway (Hwy 1) near the Mat-Su Valley Interchange. The route of Hwy 1 continues for another 281 miles to Tok, where it joins the Alaska Highway (Hwy 2), about 90 miles west of the Canadian Border.
(Photograph taken on May 28, 2012  -  © Cameron Bevers)





ALASKA HWY 1 #318 - © Cameron Bevers             ALASKA HWY 1 #55 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Facing east along the Glenn Highway (Hwy 1) towards Palmer. Matanuska Peak can be seen in the distance. See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(Photograph taken on May 28, 2012  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Guide sign for the upcoming George Parks Highway (Hwy 3) Junction on the Westbound Glenn Highway (Hwy 1).
(Photograph taken on May 28, 2012  -  © Cameron Bevers)





ALASKA HWY 1 #320 - © Cameron Bevers             ALASKA HWY 1 #319 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Distance guide sign indicating the distance to the George Parks Highway (Hwy 3) on the Westbound Glenn Highway (Hwy 1).
(Photograph taken on May 28, 2012  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Approaching Palmer on the Eastbound Glenn Highway (Hwy 1). See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(Photograph taken on May 28, 2012  -  © Cameron Bevers)





ALASKA HWY 1 #322 - © Cameron Bevers             ALASKA HWY 1 #321 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Facing east along the Glenn Highway (Hwy 1) approaching the Palmer-Wasilla Highway. At right, Evergreen Avenue goes into Downtown Palmer. See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(Photograph taken on May 28, 2012  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Guide sign for the Palmer-Wasilla Highway on the Eastbound Glenn Highway (Hwy 1). As the road name infers, the Palmer-Wasilla Highway connects Palmer to nearby Wasilla.
(Photograph taken on May 28, 2012  -  © Cameron Bevers)





ALASKA HWY 1 #324 - © Cameron Bevers             ALASKA HWY 1 #323 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Facing west along the Glenn Highway (Hwy 1) approaching the Old Glenn Highway Junction in Palmer. Before the Glenn Highway was relocated in the 1960s, all Anchorage-bound traffic has to pass through Palmer. The relocated Glenn Highway passes just to the west of Downtown Palmer. Note the LED "Prepare to Stop" sign installation to emphasize the traffic signals ahead. Not only is this signalized intersection located at the bottom of a steep grade, it is also the first set of traffic signals that westbound motorists have encountered since Whitehorse, Yukon - located almost 700 miles away. See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(Photograph taken on May 28, 2012  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - This spectacular vista of the Chugach Mountains greets motorists as they enter Palmer on the Westbound Glenn Highway (Hwy 1). See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(Photograph taken on May 28, 2012  -  © Cameron Bevers)





ALASKA HWY 1 #325 - © Cameron Bevers

Above - Facing east from Palmer along the Glenn Highway (Hwy 1). Palmer is the last major community along the Glenn Highway until Glennallen, located 140 miles to the east.
(Photograph taken on May 28, 2012  -  © Cameron Bevers)




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