ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - Officials with the AK Dept. of Transportation said Monday night they are making progress on road repairs needed because of last Friday's 7.0 magnitude earthquake.
Shannon McCarthy, spokesperson for AK DOT, said "I kind of feel like even at this point we are actually ahead of the game. We, of course, wish we were even further ahead and wish that the earthquake had never happened, but we are pushing as hard as we can and we feel like we are making good progress."
McCarthy issued this summary of the status of repairs:
Closures and Detours (Updated 3:45 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 4
Eagle River Loop Road Bridge (Briggs Bridge): Bridge is closed to all traffic for work to remove the nearby compromised pedestrian tunnel. The bridge has been inspected by Bridge Design and has no structural concerns. AWWU is actively working the site.
Glenn Highway Northbound Eagle River Bridge: Two lanes opened to traffic. Far left lane remains closed. Speed reductions.
Glenn Highway Mirror Lake (MP 23-25): Due to difficulties with filling the sink holes and the continued shifting of the ground, there are several humps in the road surface that will make the roadway unsafe. Crews are actively working on these issues. One lane detours on southbound and northbound highway continue. Please continue to plan for substantial delays and additional commuting time.
Glenn Highway/Old Glenn MP 29.3: SB reduced to one lane. NB all lanes OPEN. Paving and striping complete. Crews are working on safety issues. Speed reduction in area.
Glenn Highway Northbound Palmer Flyover: Approach is open to one lane. Temporary repairs complete.
Seward Highway between Tudor & 36th: SB lanes OPEN, NB lane one lane closed. Speed reduction in area.
Seward Highway MP 114 to 104: The department advises against travel in this area. Rock fall is an ongoing issue due to continued aftershocks. Please do not stop in the area. Please do not gather water at MP 109; rock fall at MP 109 is particularly active. In the interest of safety we are temporarily closing the water site.
Minnesota Drive Northbound and Southbound Ramps to International: OPEN all lanes
All available DOT&PF bridge inspectors are in Southcentral Alaska and are conducting technical bridge inspections on 243 bridges in the earthquake-affected area. Inspectors have completed and cleared 183 bridges. Please note, that each bridge is initially assessed by DOT&PF Maintenance, and followed up with a technical review by bridge inspectors. Bridge inspectors continue to work throughout the day and night to complete the inventory.