Gate crashed at sand storage facility in Chugiak

Monday, November 12, 2018 - 11:04
  • The gate at the Chugiak-Birchwood-Eagle River Rural Road Services Area (CBERRRSA) sand storage facility on Kerbow Lane was damaged by what municipal officials believe was a Chevy truck sometime Sunday, Nov. 4. CBERRRSA street maintenance foreman Mark Littlefield said the gate will likely cost around $15,000 to replace. (Star photo by Matt Tunseth)
  • The gate at the Chugiak-Birchwood-Eagle River Rural Road Services Area (CBERRRSA) sand storage facility on Kerbow Lane was damaged by what municipal officials believe was a Chevy truck sometime Sunday, Nov. 4. CBERRRSA street maintenance foreman Mark Littlefield said the gate will likely cost around $15,000 to replace. (Star photo by Matt Tunseth)
  • The gate at the Chugiak-Birchwood-Eagle River Rural Road Services Area (CBERRRSA) sand storage facility on Kerbow Lane was damaged by what municipal officials believe was a Chevy truck sometime Sunday, Nov. 4. CBERRRSA street maintenance foreman Mark Littlefield said the gate will likely cost around $15,000 to replace. (Star photo by Matt Tunseth)
  • The gate at the Chugiak-Birchwood-Eagle River Rural Road Services Area (CBERRRSA) sand storage facility on Kerbow Lane was damaged by what municipal officials believe was a Chevy truck sometime Sunday, Nov. 4. CBERRRSA street maintenance foreman Mark Littlefield said the gate will likely cost around $15,000 to replace. (Star photo by Matt Tunseth)

Someone believed to be driving a Chevy pickup slammed into the gate guarding the municipal sand storage facility on Kerbow Lane in Chugiak on Sunday, causing an estimated $15,000 in damage.

“Evidently somebody was driving really fast down Kerbow Lane,” said Chugiak-Birchwood-Eagle River Rural Road Service Area (CBERRRSA) foreman Mark Littlefield.

Littlefield said whoever hit the gate hit it hard enough to bend the heavy support poles and damage and electric control box at the facility, which is used to store sand and other materials for Chugiak-Eagle River area maintenance projects.

“The whole driver’s side has got to be toast,” he said.

Lilttlefield said there were some clues left behind, including a “Chevy” emblem from the front of a pickup truck.

Kerbow Lane is a short access road off the Old Glenn Highway near Loretta French Park. The road dead-ends at the gate and there are no other homes or structures on the road. Littlefield said he’s in the process of finding a contractor to replace the damaged gate. In the meantime, one side of the gate is useable while the other is blocked by a concrete barrier.

“I just hope nobody got hurt,” he said.

CORRECTION: The photo captions attached to this story originally misidentified the brand of the truck believed to have hit the gate.

Email Star editor Matt Tunseth at [email protected] or call 257-4274.

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