ANCHORAGE -

A major landslide on a road near Chitina has prompted state officials to plan a road closure next week so crews can repair the damage.

In a statement, Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities spokesperson Meadow Bailey says McCarthy Road -- which links Chitina to the Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve -- will close to through traffic at Mile 0.4 effective Monday at 7 a.m., reopening to small vehicles at 7 p.m. Tuesday and all vehicles a day after that.

“Due to an embankment slide the road is currently one lane and passable only by small vehicles,” Bailey wrote. “The closure is necessary to rebuild the embankment and restore the road to normal width.”

Bailey says the slide, which occurred Sunday, is in an area familiar to workers.

“It’s on a place that tends to slide, and often we have problems there,” Bailey said. “It’s really sandy soil.”

While DOTPF has scheduled maintenance to repair the road, Bailey says crews believe it’s currently safe for limited travel.

“We’re not worried about the stability of it -- we are watching it, though,” Bailey said. “We’ll rebuild the embankment with layers of fabric and dirt.”

Bailey urges drivers to check the state’s road-conditions website before attempting to travel on McCarthy Road.