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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 18, 2017
Press Release: 17-1042
Contact:
Shannon McCarthy, (907) 388-8087, shannon.mccarthy@alaska.gov
Jill Reese, (907) 269-0772, jill.reese@alaska.gov

Landslide Closes Seward Highway Near Girdwood

Photo - Seward Highway Landslide

Landslide, Seward Highway mile 105. Photo: ADOT&PF

(ANCHORAGE, Alaska) – The Seward Highway is closed at mile 105 due to a landslide. The landslide occurred this morning at 5:50 a.m. and is estimated to be 4 feet deep and 75 feet wide.

Water, rock and other debris continues to fall. Crews are currently focused on stabilizing the hillside above the slide area so they can work safely. Equipment is staged near the landslide and will be ready to clear the road once the slope is stable.

At this time there is no estimate of when the road will reopen, but it is expected to remain closed for at least several hours. Updated road conditions will be posted at 511.Alaska.Gov.

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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