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Post-earthquake updates: Ramps closed at Mirror Lake, repairs underway at Vine Road

  • Author: Anchorage Daily News
  • Updated: December 6
  • Published December 4

Workers repair damage to the International Airport Road off-ramp at Minnesota Drive on Saturday. State officials say the northbound and southbound Minnesota off-ramps at International are now open. (Courtesy Ryan Marlow / Alaska Aerial Media)

As repairs are made and crews work around the clock, here are the latest road updates from the Alaska Department of Transportation and the Alaska Railroad:

Road and lane closures

• The westbound lanes of Dowling Road between Lake Otis Parkway and Elmore Road are now open. Earthquake repairs have been completed in that area.

• The off and on ramps are both closed on Glenn Highway southbound to Mirror Lake.

• Repairs are now underway on Vine Road between Shady Grove Lane and Country Wood Drive.

• The inside lanes on the Glenn Highway at Eagle River Bridge are closed on both the northbound and southbound sides.

• On the Glenn Highway at Mirror Lake and Eklutna, all lanes were reopened Wednesday morning, according to the Anchorage Police Department.

• All lanes on the northbound and southbound Minnesota Drive off-ramps at International Airport Road are now open.

• Additional lanes have opened on the Seward Highway between Tudor Road and 36th Avenue. All three northbound lanes are open. Two out of three southbound lanes are now open to traffic, though repairs are ongoing and maintenance equipment may be on the roadway. The speed has been reduced in that area.

• West Ship Creek Avenue just east of North C Street will remain closed Wednesday and Thursday while water utility crews make repairs.

• The Briggs Bridge on Eagle River Loop Road remains closed so crews can replace a broken water main and remove a compromised pedestrian tunnel. DOT estimates the bridge will be reopened in about a week.

• Two lanes have opened to traffic on the northbound Eagle River Bridge on the Glenn Highway. The far left lane is still closed.

• On the Glenn Highway at the Old Glenn Mile 29.3, all northbound lanes are now open. Southbound traffic has been reduced to one lane, but all paving and stripping work there have been complete. “Crews are working on safety issues” there, DOT said, so expect speed reductions.

• On the Glenn Highway northbound at the Palmer Flyover, temporary repairs have been completed. Approach is open to one lane.

• Crews have started work on a badly damaged stretch of Vine Road, according to Alaska State Troopers spokesman Jonathon Taylor. Officials have placed signs and barricades to discourage people from visiting the area.

• The Department is still advising drivers not to travel or stop on the Seward Highway between Miles 114 and 104 because of continuing rockfall in the area due to aftershocks. Mile 109 is “particularly active” and DOT is temporarily closing the water site there as a precaution.

Alaska Railroad

The Alaska Railroad resumed regularly scheduled freight and passenger service Tuesday, four days after Friday’s earthquake damaged portions of the track. Areas south of Eklutna Lake and south of the Cheri Lake Road crossing had previously been deemed “impassable.”

The first trains to cover the entire length of track from Anchorage to Fairbanks since the earthquake hit made the crossing Monday night.

The first post-earthquake passenger train to run will be the Winter Hurricane Turn Train on Thursday, followed by regularly scheduled Aurora Winter Trains this weekend. Holiday Trains will also resume service this weekend.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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