Lane closures expected as crews repair earthquake damage on northbound Eagle River bridge

Sunday, September 1, 2019 - 15:51
  • The northbound Glenn Highway bridge across the Eagle River on Aug. 29, 2019. Work will begin to repair damaged bridge abutments starting Sept. 3, according to the State of Alaska. (Matt Tunseth / ADN)
  • Bridge abutments on the Glenn Highway bridge over the Eagle River were damaged in the Nov. 30, 2018 earthquake. (Matt Tunseth / ADN)
  • The northbound Glenn Highway bridge across the Eagle River on Aug. 29, 2019. Work will begin to repair damaged bridge abutments starting Sept. 3, according to the State of Alaska. (Matt Tunseth / ADN)

It’s been a bumpy ride for Glenn Highway commuters since the Nov. 30, 2018 earthquake, but upcoming repairs to the Eagle River bridge should help make for smoother sailing soon.

The Alaska Department of Transportation & Public Facilities has announced repair work will begin on the northbound bridge starting Sept. 3. The work is being done to repair abutments on each end of the bridge, which were damaged when the magnitude 7.1 quake struck the area.

The abutment damage has meant drivers hit a hard bump at each end of the span. The repairs include stabilizing the bridge approaches and leveling the bumps, according to the state.

“These repairs will level the bumps on the highway,” the department said in an Aug. 28 announcement.

The work by Kiewit Construction will cause intermittent lane closures, the state said. Starting Tuesday, drivers can expect two-and-a-half weeks of lane closures on the bridge. However, two lanes will be open during rush hour each day, according to an online project description at alaskanavigator.org.

There is the possibility of a full bridge closure the weekend of Sept. 6-9, the state said. However, if such a closure is needed traffic will be routed over the bridge at VFW Road.

Drivers can also expect to see flagging and shoulder closures in the project area, the state said. The bridge bump repair project is being done as part of the ongoing Glenn Highway Capacity Improvement Phase II project, which will ultimately add a new southbound bridge alongside the northbound bridge built in 2015.

For the latest updates, check the DOT’s Facebook page, alaskanavigator.org or visit the project website at eagleriverbridge.com.

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