Road to Nowhere

The Alaskan Road to Nowhere, a lone drive out in the middle of nowhere

The Road to Nowhere is the funny nickname for the Gravina Island Highway, a gravel road located in the Gravina Islands of the Alexander Archipelago in southeastern Alaska.

The road is unpaved. It's 3.2-mile-long (5.1 km). Speed limit is 35 mph. The highway was part of a project that would connect the Ketchikan International Airport, to the city of Ketchikan, the borough seat of the Ketchikan Gateway Borough. The Gravina Island Bridge, which would have connected the highway to Ketchikan was cancelled, but the highway, amid nothing but muskeg and scrub forest, was built. It features wide shoulders and sweeping curves to handle the large volume of traffic the road was expected to see one day.

The highway today does not pass or connect anything of importance. It’s a lone road out in the middle of nowhere. It was built on September 2008 and would have cost US$398 million. Federal funding for the bridge disappeared, but money for the highway to the proposed bridge still came in. Instead of a bridge to an airport, residents got a new US$25 million road that dead-ends where the bridge was supposed to go: the road to nowhere. Too bad this was not a part of the stimulus fund.


NOTICE: Due to the spread of COVID-19, many points of interest and roads are closed and travel is not recommended. Please follow all local health authority directives before venturing off, and stay safe.