Eklutna overpass will close Monday

Wednesday, May 30, 2012 - 22:32
Detours on Glenn Highway to start June 8
A truck nears the overpass across the Glenn Highway at Eklutna. The State of Alaska will close the overpass June 4 for repairs. The repairs will also cause detours on the Glenn Highway, which are scheduled to begin the afternoon of June 9 and run through the morning of June 11.

The Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities will close the Eklutna overpass the morning of Monday, June 4. It 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, said DOT project engineer Ted Meyer. Detouring on the outbound lanes of the Glenn Highway will start at 9 p.m. the same day, he said.

The inbound lanes will be open by 4 a.m. on Monday, June 11, Meyer said, and the outbound lanes will be open by 2 p.m.

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

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

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.

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