The Alaska Pipeline
There are various places along the highway near Valdez where you can stop for a close look at the pipeline. It cost $8 billion to construct it, but we were told it paid for itself in just 18 months! The pipe is 48” in diameter and 1/2 “ thick. The pipeline is on a beam that can move, and it is elevated in places for animal crossings. A machine goes through the whole pipeline every 2 weeks to scrape the sides and check for problems. They call it a “pig” because it makes a squealing noise as it goes through.
Before you get to Valdez
There are some BEAUTIFUL waterfalls you can check out before you get to Valdez. There's Bridal Veil Falls, Horsetail Falls, and a few others that offer great photo opportunities!
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