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Press Release: 18-1016
Contact: Shannon McCarthy, (907) 269-0448,

Alaska DOT&PF Reopens Southbound Glenn Highway at Eagle River
Damaged Girder removed from Artillery Overpass this Weekend

(ANCHORAGE, Alaska) – The Glenn Highway reopened shortly after 10 p.m. Sunday, March 25, after a five day closure following a bridge strike and damage to the northernmost Eagle River bridge girder.

Alaska DOT&PF and contractor Sandstrom & Sons, Inc have completed removing the damaged girder, and installing new safety rails and pavement markings on the Artillery overpass. Crews finished removing the second half of the girder early Sunday morning around 1 a.m. Debris removal and equipment demobilization took place Sunday afternoon.

DOT&PF staff extends a thank you to the community for their patience while we removed the damaged span, and to the Anchorage Police Department and Municipality of Anchorage for assistance during this event.

The department expects the Monday morning commute to proceed as normal.

More information about the response to the bridge strike can be found at the DOT&PF bridge response website at

The Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities oversees 237 airports, 9 ferries serving 35 communities along 3,500 marine miles, over 5,600 miles of highway and 839 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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