The road over Hatcher Pass closed Monday for the winter. The decision by the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Works was made after a car hit an ice lens and slid off the road on the Palmer side of the pass, according to Wayne Biessel, superintendent for the Mat-Su Area Office of Alaska State Parks. The state closes the mountain road every fall, usually around this time, Biessel said.
There's about 4 inches of snow in the pass, he said. Archangel Road remains open until more snow falls.
The pass road generally reopens by early July.
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