Muni to close Eklutna River Bridge
Total closure to begin May 15; will reopen to pedestrians in June
The Municipality of Anchorage has announced it will close the Eklutna River Bridge to vehicle traffic starting May 15. The bridge will re-open in June to pedestrians.
STAR FILE PHOTO/Matt Tunseth
The Municipality of Anchorage announced on April 27 that the Eklutna River Bridge will close to all traffic beginning May 15.
According to a press release sent out by the Public Works Department, the bridge will re-open is early June to pedestrian traffic.
The bridge's safety has been a concern for area residents in recent months, and several public meetings have been held to address the issue. According to a Department of Transportant study done in 2010, the bridge has several structural issues. In November, the Chugiak/Birchwood/Eagle River Rural Road Service Area Board voted to recommend closing the bridge, which was first built in 1935.
In its press release, the municipality noted several problems with the bridge, including rusted gusset plates, cracked welds and significant rust.
To read the municipality's entire press release, click here.
The 27th Alaska Legislature recently approved $14 million to fund a replacement bridge. Read more here.