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Denali Park road access limited this weekend following mudslide

  • Author: Alaska Dispatch News
  • Updated: August 6, 2016
  • Published August 5, 2016

Denali Park Road at mile 67 just west of the Eielson Visitor Center is open to vehicles at 8 a.m. and 6 pm. after a large mudslide covered the area in a debris flow that currently measures 100 feet wide and 10 feet deep. (Photo by James Long)

As Denali Park Road repairs continue after last week's mudslide, officials said the road remains closed at Mile 67 — except for daily openings at 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. for shuttle bus and tour traffic.

More rain is expected over the weekend.

Because the mudslide happened a mile west of the Eielson Visitor Center, only travelers bound for Wonder Lake or staying at private lodges in the historic mining district of Kantishna should be affected.

Road damage from the mudslides still prevents large vehicles with tandem trailers from passing through.

The slide on July 30 was 100 feet wide and 10 feet deep, a consequence of a record 16.5 inches of rain in July that saturated soils. Showers and thunderstorms are forecast by the National Weather Service for Saturday.

So far, about 8,000 cubic yards of rocks and soil have been removed, but the park service warns "additional material in the chute above the slide increases the potential for another event."

More information at the Denali National Park website.

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