Emergency repairs to close Seward Highway
A failed culvert under the Seward Highway will result in emergency closure of the highway at milepost 32.9 in Moose Pass to facilitate repairs says the Alaska Department of Transpiration and Public Facilities. Work is scheduled to begin on Friday, Nov. 15 and continue for a week to ten days.
While work is in progress, only one lane will be open with flaggers and pilot cars in place to assist with traffic control. Delays should also be expected said the spokesperson.
Beginning Sunday, Nov. 17 through Tuesday, Nov. 19 between 8 p.m. and 6 a.m. the road will be completely closed. The spokesperson said, that unlike some overnight closures, it is expected that no traffic of any kind will be allowed through during the closures.
Drivers are asked to plan ahead and avoid the area if at all possible.
The closure is expected to have only a minimal impact on emergency services said Phil Ingersoll, chief of the Moose Pass Volunteer Fire Department.
“We have equipment on both sides of it (the closure). They have made arrangement for us to get through if necessary, during the closure with only a minimal delay,” he said.
Ingersoll also added they will also rely on mutual aid from Moose Creek and Cooper Landing.
We will provide updated information on the project and closures if it becomes available.