Eklutna overpass closure announced


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The Eklutna Glenn Highway overpass will be closed the morning of Monday, June 4 and is scheduled to reopen two weeks later Monday, June 18.

Inbound traffic on the Glenn Highway will be detoured via the on- and off-ramps starting at 10 a.m. on Friday, June 8, according to Ted Meyer, Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities project engineer.

Detouring on the outbound lanes of the Glenn Highway will start at 9 p.m. on Friday, June 8, Meyer said. The inbound lanes will be open by 4 a.m. on Monday, June 11, he said, and the outbound lanes will be open by 2 p.m. the same day.

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

“Hopefully, all goes well and we get both the girders removed and replaced over the weekend,” Meyer said.

If that doesn’t happen, Meyer said, the Glenn Highway will be open for rush-hour traffic as scheduled Monday, June 11.

“Our detouring of the Glenn will not go beyond the weekend window that we’re setting,” he said.

Once the new girders are in place, portions of the overpass’ deck will be replaced, concrete for a curb will be poured and a new railing will be installed, Meyer said.

The state originally announced the project would begin May 14.

However, weight restrictions on state and city roads were not lifted as expected for contractor Sandstrom & Sons, Inc. to move their equipment from Anchorage.

Once construction starts, motorists can expect reduced speed limits, single-lane traffic and 24-hour flagging operations, DOT said.

 

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

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