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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 8, 2015
No.: 15-2513
Contact: Shannon McCarthy, 907-269-0448, shannon.mccarthy@alaska.gov

Glenn Highway Capacity Project starts the 2015 construction season

(ANCHORAGE, Alaska) – Commuters on the Glenn Highway will see more activity now that the weather is allowing construction crews to get into high gear for the 2015 construction season. The first change drivers will see this spring is a new traffic pattern near Eagle River, beginning Thursday evening, April 9.

“We’re shifting the southbound traffic to the right, immediately after the Eagle River Bridge,” said Alaska Department of Transportation & Public Facilities Project Manager, Brian Schumacher. “This allows slower moving construction vehicles to safely exit and re-enter the highway without mixing with the higher speed, mainline traffic.”

The $42.5 million project broke ground in September 2014 and is scheduled for completion in the fall of 2015. Over 52,000 vehicles use the Glenn Highway every day, serving commuters, visitors and commercial traffic. The highway is often congested during peak hours, prompting delays, contributing to driver frustration and conditions that can lead to vehicle crashes.

Drivers are encouraged to sign up for project updates by visiting the Glenn Highway project website at www.eagleriverbridgenb.com. For ongoing construction advisories on this project, and all 2015 ADOT&PF construction work, the public is encouraged to check www.alaskanavigator.org before hitting the road.

The Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities oversees 239 airports, 10 ferries serving 35 communities, more than 5,600 miles of highway and 776 public facilities throughout the state of Alaska. The mission of the department is to “Keep Alaska Moving through service and infrastructure.”

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