Mat-Su area roads under construction for earthquake damage

ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - Construction is underway on the Northbound Parks Highway Hyer off-ramp in the Mat-Su, the first in a series of projects dedicated to repairs following the Nov. 30 earthquake.

Department of Transportation spokesperson Shannon McCarthy said Sunday that the department needs to restore the road's structure to prevent it from further damage.

“These repairs are actually part of earthquake repairs, and they are important because we want to make sure that the road still has structural integrity as we go into spring,” McCarthy said. “There’s been damage, and with breakup, it could be a real concern.”

McCarthy said road damage in general is concerning, especially with cracking along the shoulder of the Hyer off-ramp.

This particular project was slated to be finished by Monday, but McCarthy confirmed the ramp will be closed until Wednesday, with detours set up on exits right before and after the construction site.

“As far as inconvenience goes, there’s some options there for the public,” she said.

For now, DOT recommends using alternative routes - in this case, on Trunk road or Meridian.

Earthquake road repairs are to be done across the area in the coming days, according to McCarthy. Once the Hyer ramp is restored, there are two other projects slated for this coming week that DOT warns will shut down traffic lanes, including repairs to West Fairview Loop at Jackfish Road, and Old Matanuska Road, south of Mikey Circle.