Vine Road reopens 8 days after magnitude 7.0 earthquake

Damage on Vine Road following the 7.0 magnitude quake. Photo courtesy of Ivan Fonova.
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ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - A major thoroughfare in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough has reopened eight days after a 7.0 magnitude earthquake left it with riven with deep cracks.

Otto Feather, the Director of Emergency Services in the Valley, announced on social media Saturday afternoon that Vine Road had reopened for traffic.

The road became a popular spot for selfies in front of dramatically cracked and split sections of asphalt.

Feather put the quick repair work down to the collaboration between the Alaska Department of Transportation & Public Facilities and the Mat-Su Borough.

"We are fortunate to have support in this great effort by Borough contractors Northern Asphalt and McKenna Brothers Paving," read the post on social media. "Permanent road work is scheduled to take place sometime next summer."