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Significant road damage remains following the 7.0 earthquake that struck Southcentral Alaska on Friday.
As of Saturday morning, the state Department of Transportation had documented over 40 damaged sites. DOT reports that many aftershocks have continued to cause cracking and settling.
DOT spokeswoman Shannon McCarthy said there are two areas in particular drivers should be aware of. She points to one area on the Glenn Highway.
“Because we are having these continuing aftershocks, the Mirror Lake and Thunderbird Falls area, damage is continuing to spread and it’s moving into the driving lanes,” McCarthy said. “We have two detours set up, people can get through, but it is awfully slow.”
McCarthy advised drivers to add significant time to their commute if they plan on traveling through those areas.
The other area drivers should be especially aware of is the Seward Highway, south of Anchorage. McCarthy said the road is open, but aftershocks are causing rockfall and they are not recommending travel unless it is an absolute necessity.
The interchange in Palmer remained shut down as of Saturday morning. There is also a detour in Eagle River to get around the northbound Eagle River bridge.
To make matters more complicated, McCarthy said the weather service alerted DOT that poor weather conditions are on the way.
“We’re going to get snow, we’re going to get rain, we’re going to get high winds,” McCarthy said. “So this might be a time… just plan on extra time, no matter what.”
McCarthy said DOT workers and contractors are working on repairs around the clock, but at this time she did not have a good estimate on when that work will be finished.
She also didn’t have an estimate of how much repairs will ultimately cost, but she said it’s safe to say it will be in the millions of dollars.
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