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DOT warns against travel on rockfall-prone stretch of Seward Highway

  • Author: Devin Kelly
  • Updated: December 4, 2018
  • Published December 3, 2018

Water streams from a pipe stuck in a drainage hole in rock along the Seward Highway at Mile 109 on March 20, 2017. (Marc Lester / ADN archive)

State officials reiterated warnings Monday against traveling between miles 104 and 114 on the Seward Highway in the wake of Friday’s big earthquake, saying aftershocks were increasing the risk of rockfall in the area.

That stretch includes Mile 109, the location of a popular water pipe. The pipe protrudes from a 3-inch hole in a rock face and draws a steady stream of visitors throughout the year.

In explicit warnings Monday, DOT officials said people should not stop there. The pipe was barricaded off to discourage visitors.

“Please do not gather water at MP 109," DOT officials wrote in a situation report Monday. “This area is particularly active.”