‘Severe delays and detours’ on inbound Glenn Hwy as officials recommend working from home

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ANCHORAGE (KTUU) — Officials recommend that due to “severe delays and detours” on the Glenn Highway, commuters coming into Anchorage from the Matanuska-Susitna Valley, should work from home, if possible.

State Department of Transportation crews made a “Herculean effort” to get northbound lanes of the Glenn Highway moving again after Friday’s earthquake, according to Anchorage Municipal Manager Bill Falsey. As of Saturday afternoon, all lanes except one have reopened heading north to the Valley.

Heading south on the Glenn Highway is a different story.

“Start planning ahead Monday if you commute to Anchorage from the Valley, Eklutna, Chugiak and Eagle River,” read a public release from City of Anchorage officials. “Severe delays and detours will continue into next week. If you have an option to work from home, look into those plans now.”

The Department of Administration announced Saturday evening that all state offices in Anchorage, Eagle River, Wasilla, and Palmer will be closed for business on Monday.

Officials are set to announce publicly at 4:30 p.m. what will happen to Anchorage Municipal buildings and city employees.

"Slope failure" around Mirror Lake and Thunderbird Falls is occurring on both sides of the Glenn Highway, detours in that part of the highway are said to be slow.

Meanwhile, due to the risk of rock slides on the Seward Highway from aftershocks, DOT recommends avoiding the area between milepost 104-114 “unless travel is absolutely necessary.”

DOT has a full list of roads impacted by the earthquake that is being impacted in real time.