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UPDATE: Richardson Highway back open

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Published: Dec. 26, 2019 at 1:01 PM AKST
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UPDATE: Dec. 30, 2019, 6:00 a.m.

Alaska Department of Transportation & Public Facilities says the Richardson Highway is back open.

The Richardson Hwy is OPEN! Conditions are difficult and there is more wind in the forecast, so please travel with care...

Posted by Alaska Department of Transportation & Public Facilities on Friday, December 27, 2019
UPDATE: Dec. 27, 2019, 1:30 p.m.

Alaska Department of Transportation & Public Facilities says the Richardson Highway is still closed.

Officials say there are four-foot drifts across the length of the closed road segment and it's possible that the road will be closed until Saturday morning.

The section of the highway closed is from mileposts 128-205

Richardson Highway Blizzard, Dec 26 2019

It's pretty rare that we'll pull our operators off a road due to conditions, but this will give you an idea about why we did that last night on the Richardson during a whiteout. Huge thanks to our winter equipment operators all over the state who work in crazy conditions in remote areas, work on holidays and through the night, act as first responders, and go the extra mile to keep travelers safe. You're heroes in our book! Thank you for all you do.

Posted by Alaska Department of Transportation & Public Facilities on Friday, December 27, 2019
UPDATE: 3:17 p.m.

The highway will be CLOSED until at least Friday morning.

Original Story

The Richardson Highway, between miles 180-205, is closed because of several avalanches.

Alaska Department of Transportation & Public Facilities says "there is currently no estimate for when the road will be opened."

UPDATE 12/26, 1:30PM: The road will be closed until at least Friday morning. Our crews will reevaluate to see if...

Posted by Alaska Department of Transportation & Public Facilities on Thursday, December 26, 2019

Officials say plows are out on the road, but becauses of whiteout conditions it's very difficult to keep snow off the road.

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