Weekend repairs to damaged Glenn Highway overpass will send drivers through Eagle River

South Eagle River overpass damaged

Emergency repairs this weekend to remove a Glenn Highway overpass girder damaged by an oversized load in late September will trigger a detour for drivers at Eagle River, state transportation officials say.

The total bridge repair project is expected to cost nearly $1 million.

The girder removal will close the northbound lanes of the Glenn Highway at the Artillery Road bridge from 9 p.m. Saturday through 8 a.m. Sunday, according to the the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities. Traffic will detour through Eagle River at Artillery Road.

The overpass was damaged when a semi hauling modular units to the North Slope passed under it, striking part of the structure with the load.

Swalling General Contractors got the bid to carry out the work, for a cost of $983,500, according to transportation department spokeswoman Shannon McCarthy.

The bridge is the same one that was struck in March 2018 by a truck hauling a load too tall to fit on the southbound side of the Glenn, triggering colossal traffic jams.