ANCHORAGE -

Alaska highway officials say they have re-opened the avalanche-choked Richardson Highway, nearly two weeks after a series of avalanches cut off the only road to Valdez.

Th highway had been blocked by avalanches since Jan. 24. The Alaska Department of Transportation had crews working to clearly the roadway around the clock.

Today they announced the final blockage in Keystone Canyon at Miles 12 to 18 was being cleared, and that all avalanche debris at had been cleared.

The highway was now open to all traffic as of 11:30 a.m.

The department says it has completed multiple stability tests to ensure the highway can support heavy loads and that the highway is in good shape.

The avalanche dammed the Lowe River and created a lake across the highway. Crews couldn't reach the snow from the upstream side until Friday.