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Seward Highway fully reopened after dump truck hits overpass

Northbound traffic on the Seward Highway flows past the Tudor Road overpass on Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2019, after the damaged girder was removed allowing the highway to be reopened. (Bill Roth / ADN)

All northbound lanes of the Seward Highway were reopened early Tuesday after a dump truck with its bed raised struck the Tudor Road overpass last Thursday, shutting down traffic for days.

Shannon McCarthy, a spokeswoman for the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities, said crews were able to begin reopening lanes around 9 p.m. Monday. Two lanes are also open in each direction on Tudor Road, but the eastbound turning lane onto the northbound Seward Highway remains restricted, McCarthy said.

A girder that was damaged in the crash has been removed, and a local manufacturer has been commissioned to make a replacement, McCarthy said. Repairs will cost roughly $1.5 million.

McCarthy said the transportation department generally recoups the cost of repairs by making a claim against the responsible party’s insurance company.

The department said in a statement Monday that the driver of the truck that struck the overpass was working for Kelly Inc., doing business as A-1 Lawn and Landscaping. The driver received citations for “unsafe conditions forbidden” and “not wearing corrective lenses."

The two citations are not criminal and have a combined fee of $450, the statement said.

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