Crews battling water on Richardson Highway

mtheriault@adn.comJune 12, 2013 

A sinkhole on Richardson Highway at milepost 143 has since been repaired.

UNKNOWN — Alaska State DOT

Road crews are battling ongoing snowmelt-induced flooding and erosion on Alaska highways, says the state Department of Transportation.

Water has been running across the roadway between milepost 186-189 of the Richardson Highway in recent days, said DOT spokeswoman Meadow Bailey.

"It's not happening at this exact time," she said. "But we have an ongoing alert for travelers to be aware."

Other parts of the Richardson Highway have seen flooded since the beginning of the month, including near Meir's Lake at milepost 170 and Haggard Creek at milepost 162.

Washouts and sinkholes on the Richardson and Denali Highways have been quickly repaired, Bailey said.

"Most of these problems can be repaired fairly quickly, but they seem to be continuous," she said. "We have crews constantly monitoring creeks, roadways and in the more remote locations monitoring runways."

Reach Michelle Theriault Boots at or 257-4344.

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