Eklutna overpass repairs delayed

State: Work won’t happen until after holiday weekend


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A semi truck nears the Eklutna overpass on the Glenn Highway. The Alaska Department of Transportation has pushed back the dates it will close the highway and overpass to repair damage caused by oversize rigs running into the concrete structure.

Repair work on the Eklutna overpass scheduled for Monday, May 14 has been delayed until after Memorial Day (Monday, May 28).

Weight restrictions on state and city roads were not lifted as expected for contractor Sandstrom & Sons, Inc. to move their equipment from Anchorage, Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities project engineer Ted Meyer said Friday, May 11.

“We’re basically stuck,” he said.

Meyer said the project is expected to start Tuesday, May 29 or Monday, June 4, but a specific date has not been set.

As of Tuesday, May 15, Meyer had not heard back from Sandstrom & Sons.

“I’m just waiting to see what works best for them,” he said.

The state originally announced the closure would begin May 14 and run for approximately five days.

Once construction starts, the northbound and southbound lanes of the Glenn Highway will be closed. The highway on- and off-ramps will be used as a detour.

Motorists can expect reduced speed limits, single-lane traffic and 24-hour flagging operations, DOT said.

The inbound and outbound front-facing girders will be replaced and the interior girders will be repaired, Meyer said.

“People have been hitting them with oversized loads,” he said.

Check www.alaskastar.com for updates.

 

Contact Mike Nesper at 694-2727 or mike.nesper@alaskastar.com

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