The Slims River road runs from Kilometre 1649, Alaska Highway just past the (Sheep Mountain) Visitor Centre to the warden cabin approximately 2.4 km in length. The road is used to access the warden cabin parking lot which serves as a trailhead for the popular Kaskawulsh Glacier hike.
The road had deteriorated over the years and requires some repair work to increase the usability by smaller cars and recreational vehicles. Drainage on the road is was poor due to ditches that had filled in, road subsidence, and culverts that no longer function or were not there to start with.
The road was constructed of native fill and had never been capped with proper crushed rock. Numerous ruts and potholes had developed that need to be filled, graded and the entire road surfaced by an appropriate sized granular base to improve driveability and drainage.
KCDLP was commissioned by Parks Canada to repair, reshape, and compact the roadbed, re-establish ditching, install culverts, and provide a granular base layer at final grade over the course of this 4 week project.
Several Kluane First Nation citizens were employed, and citizen owned equipment leased for the project.
1485 cubic meters of pit run and 1521 cubic meters of crush were used to remediate the road. And a total of 11 culverts were installed within the upgraded road to improve drainage.