Off-Highway Transportation in the Arctic

by Arthur D. Anderson, Asst. News Editor; CIVIL ENGINEERING—ASCE, New York, N.Y.,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1976, Vol. 46, Issue 3, Pg. 72-75

Document Type: Feature article


Because of the terrain and lack of roads in the region, a new breed of off-highway vehicles has seen heavy service in the Arctic and north slope of Alaska. These vehicles include rubber-bag tired, soft tracked, and air cushioned vehicles. Rubber-bag tired vehicles, because of their low psi and speed, are especially good over thawed summer tundra, which in this region is environmentally protected ground. The soft-tracked vehicles have good climbing ability and can be applied in swamps. The air-cushioned vehicles are amphibious with great tonnage capabilities.

Subject Headings: Vehicles | Tire recycling | Terrain | Highways and roads | Slopes | Aircraft and spacecraft | Vegetation | Cold regions | Arctic | Alaska | United States

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