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Old September 30th, 2011, 09:28 PM   #1
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Ice Roads

I saw there isn't a thread about the Ice Roads, so I decided to open one. Ice roads are frozen seasonal street built on lakes, rivers or sea in northern countries. The traffic is mainly of trucks which ship loads to isolated regions.
Some pics I found on the net about Ice Roads:

Northwest Territories/Nunavut - Canada:Tibbitt to Contwoyto Winter Road between 400 and 600 km long, the road is said to be the world's longest heavy haul ice road and operates for eight to ten weeks starting in the last week of January.


Maximum speed on this road is 30 Km/h. The ice can bear a load of many tons, but it has to be daily monitorated


..but sometime the maximum speed can be lower...






Whitout ice roads and the truckers working on it, couldn't exist mines and oil wells




Ice roads are dangerous cause besides all the risk you have to drive on a normal way, here you risk to break down the ice and fall into a deep cold water. But not only, wind brings on the street snow creating white-outs in which the visibility is very low. It's easy to don't see the street anymore and roll-over into a ditch.


Between lakes there are short pieces of land in which the roads pass through.






...sometimes they are even more dangerous than to drive on the ice, cause the streets slope and are very slithery...


Lockhart Rest Stop - Kitchen/dining room, showers, washrooms, laundry, tv room and dispatch.






The road going to Diavik Mine














Diavik Mine


a white-out


Colomac Mine - It was a gold mine actually closed under a project of rehabilitation.




















Mackenzie River Ice Road: Inuvik - Beaufort Sea - Tuktoyaktuk










The worst incubus for an ice road trucker




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Old September 30th, 2011, 09:33 PM   #2
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Who else watches Ice Road Truckers? (History channel)
It's one of my favourite shows. I try to watch it as much as possible
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Old September 30th, 2011, 09:46 PM   #3
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A video of the Kuskokwim River Ice Road in Alaska connecting Bethel with Akiak.

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Old September 30th, 2011, 09:49 PM   #4
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Who else watches Ice Road Truckers? (History channel)
It's one of my favourite shows. I try to watch it as much as possible
Yes, I took inspiration from Ice Road Truckers for this thread. It's one of my favourite shows too
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Old September 30th, 2011, 10:06 PM   #5
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The worst incubus for an ice road trucker
What do they do with wreckage? I presume oil (or other liquids) are pumped out but what about the truck? Lifting it is probably not an option, or?
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Old September 30th, 2011, 10:16 PM   #6
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Pumping out the gasoline as fast as possible to avoid to pollute the water and lifting it is the only solution
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Old September 30th, 2011, 11:55 PM   #7
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Who else watches Ice Road Truckers? (History channel)
It's one of my favourite shows. I try to watch it as much as possible
I do. Lisa Kelly, Alex Debagorski (spell?) and Hugh Roland are my favorites. I'm also following Lisa and Hugh on IRT: World's Deadliest Roads. This time, they are taking on the "Death Road" in Bolivia. At least they are driving real trucks this time.

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What do they do with wreckage? I presume oil (or other liquids) are pumped out but what about the truck? Lifting it is probably not an option, or?
In that pic, what would be done is this:
1: Another truck and trailers would be brought in.
2: The load of those trailers would then be pumped into the replacement trailers and hauled away, either for disposal/reprocessing, or on to it's destination if possible.
3: Now comes the tricky part. Very carefully, the trailers are removed, then the truck. It has to be done carefully as the ice integrity will have compromised as a result of the vehicle going through the ice.
4: While the truck is being removed, a new route around the area is constructed.
5: Finally, the truck and trailers are removed from the scene and trucks start using the new route.
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Old October 1st, 2011, 12:35 AM   #8
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Map of official ice road routes in Estonia. Depending on ice conditions they might have variations in lenght and exact route locations.



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This is pretty fitting image to describe current situation:

Satellite image of Estonia.

Source: EPL

I guess if current -20c to -30c weather continues (and weather forecasts say that it does for atleast one more week),then we'll also see iceroads nr.4 & 5 in this winter.
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Estonian ice roads in numbers (January 2011 - March 2011):

Ice Road no.1 (Haapsalu-Noarootsi; 3,5km long route): 11013 cars. The longest time opened (since 29th January to 24th March)
Ice Road no.2 (Rohuküla-Sviby; 9,5km long route): 5101 cars
Ice Road no.3 (Rohuküla-Heltermaa; 25km long route): 14091 cars. The longest iceroad in Estonia.
Ice Road no.4 (Munalaid-Kihnu; 12km long route): 3304 cars
Ice Road no.5 (Kuivastu-Virtsu; 10-12km long route): 17112 cars. Iceroad with highest traffic density.
Ice Road no.6 (Hiiumaa-Saaremaa; 18-22km long route): 5042 cars.
Total traffic: 55663 cars
Cost of construction & maintenance of ice roads: 278410 Euros

For comparison,traffic volume in 2010 (4 iceroads were opened) - 17214 cars.

Source: http://www.postimees.ee/?id=417991
















Here ice roads are mainly used for connecting Western Estonian archipelago with mainland in winter. Although ferries also operate between islands in winter,rough weather conditions make the ferry crossings VERY time consuming,so many people prefer ice roads. Depending on weather and ice coverage,up to 6 official ice roads can be opened at same time. All of them are regularly maintained and pretty much work as ordinary highways ...well,except for having novelty road material,speed limits >25km/h or 40-70 km/h and rules about limited number of passenger per each vehicle etc.

Oh,and sry for long post.
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Old October 1st, 2011, 01:40 AM   #9
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It's very interesting! To drive on an ice road, even just a car, should be really an experience. I wish to do it at least once in the life. Here in Italy there aren't ice roads, the only "ice road" which I could see so far, was this path on the Lake St. Moritz in Switzerland (Max. depth: 44 m.), where cars could drive on the ice for to bring things to the stands in the middle of the lake (pictures taken in February).




Here you can see a Land Rover parked on the lake


Nothing comparating to the ice roads of the north But I read that the english cricketer David Gower parked his rental car on the ice of the Lake St. Moritz in January 1990 and during the night it broke the ice and sank.
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Old October 1st, 2011, 03:02 AM   #10
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Wisconsin, United States: Ice road from Bayfield to Madeline Island: it's located in the Lake Superior approximately two miles southeast of Bayfield.



Beginning of the ice road






Madeline Island with the ice road in the foreground.




A look north at the rest of the Apostle Islands


Madeline island landing. The sign says "do not drag anchor/telephone cable crossing"


The windsled, used to shuttle people across the lake when the ice is too thick for the ferry, but too thin for cars.


Bayfield from the ice road








The Bayfield waterfront

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Old October 1st, 2011, 06:15 AM   #11
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Not only there (a legitimate through road), but nearly every lake in the state, as well as elsewhere in the northern Great Lakes area (other than for on the Great Lakes themselves) in the USA has ice roads, used for access to ice fishing spots. Lake Winnebago (just south of Appleton, WI) has what are literally cities of ice fishing shacks during winter, especially during the annual lake sturgeon spearing season in late January. The ice on Lake Winnebago often ranges to nearly 1 meter thick by mid-winter.

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Old October 1st, 2011, 07:10 AM   #12
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Who else watches Ice Road Truckers? (History channel)
It's one of my favourite shows. I try to watch it as much as possible
I have just watched IRT World's Deadliest Roads driving in India; the Rohtang Pass. Lisa Dave and Rick. Awesome show.

Great pics.
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Old October 1st, 2011, 01:37 PM   #13
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Eureka, Nunavut - Canada winter road




On the road to the Polar Environment Arctic Research Laboratory










..and the bonus: The world's loneliest toilet...
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Historical Tibbitt to Contwoyto Winter Road Statistics (2000-2009)

Year - Operating Period -Total Tonnes Hauled (northbound) - Number of Truckloads (northbound) - Number of Backhauls (southbound)

2000 ---- Jan 29 – Apr 3 -------111,090 ----- 3703 ---- 135
2001 ---- Feb 1 – Apr 13 -------245,586 ----- 7981 ----201
2002 ---- Jan 26 – Apr 16 ------256,915 ---- 7735 ---- 433
2003 ---- Feb 1 – Apr 2 --------198,818 ---- 5243 ---- 883
2004 ---- Jan 28 – Mar 31 ------179,144 ---- 5091 ---- 165
2005 ---- Jan 26 – Apr 5 ------- 252,533 ---- 7607 ---- 243
2006 ---- Feb 5 – * Mar 26 ---- 177,674 -----6841 ---- 469
2007 ---- Jan 27 – Apr 9 -------330,002 ----- 10,922 -- 818
2008 ---- Jan 29 – Mar 31 ------245,585 ----- 7484 --- 890
2009 ---- Feb 1 – Mar 22 -------173,195 ----- 4847 ----530

* Road shut down early due to thin ice conditions – approx 1200 loads had to be flown into the mines in the summer/fall of 2006
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Ice road on the Swedish lake Storsjön
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How long is this road?
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From the Polmak Iceroad crossing river Tana from Norway to Finland:

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Iceroad in Polmak by olegeorg, on Flickr
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How long is this road?
Just about 2 kilometers. iirc, there's a ferry operating this route during summer.

EDIT: Found it on Google Street View
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From the Polmak Iceroad crossing river Tana from Norway to Finland:

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Iceroad in Polmak by olegeorg, on Flickr
As far as I know there are only two regular ice roads in addition to this one: One more crossing the Tana river in Finnmark (northernmost county) and one in Målselv in Troms county, also northern Norway. They are all relatively short. In addition, some lakes are used for motor sport etc. Most serious water barriers in Norway are fjords, which seldom freeze at all and almot never have good ice. In addition, driving outside public roads with any motorized vehicle is generally illegal in Norway, although some exceptions exists.
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In addition, driving outside public roads with any motorized vehicle is generally illegal in Norway, although some exceptions exists.
Can't you drive with an off-road vehicle through, for example, a field in Norway?
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