PT. 12 (MP 965.6): The Bridges of the ALCAN

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WHITEHORSE, Yukon (KTUU) - It doesn't take long to realize the bridges along the Alaska Highway required amazing technological achievement, but you don't have to be an architect or historian to appreciate their beauty or design.

The Nisutlin Bridge

Winding, wooden Kiskatinaw is the oldest bridge on the Alaska Highway, and the only original bridge that is still drivable today. It spans the Kiskatinaw River on an original section of the highway about 20 miles north of Dawson Creek.

Two of the longest bridges on the highway are the Nisutlin Bay Bridge just south of Teslin, Yukon Territory at 1,917 feet and the Peace River Bridge near Taylor, British Columbia which measures 2,339 feet.

The original Peace River suspension bridge collapsed after a landslide in the 50s, and a more modern structure was soon erected in its place. Stuart Johns and his wife Marlene lived near the Peace River ridge at the time, and were there when it was rebuilt.

“There's a railroad bridge just down the river, and when the bridge fell in, all the traffic was routed around that railroad bridge,” Johns remembered. “Driving across a railroad bridge with a car is quite an experience.”

Driving any of the bridges on the Alaska Highway is still an experience and something to marvel, whether it's the miraculous feat of engineering or the beautiful views that happen catch your eye.

Check out some of the most picturesque and memorable bridges of the Alaska Highway in our slideshow below.

The Muskwa Bridge, the lowest point on the Alaska Highway. MP 281.2