• Forecast
  • News Tip
  • Categories
Temperature Precipitation
Estimated read time
1m 26s

Ferry or flight

By KTVA Alaska 7:17 PM January 27, 2014

People wanting to enter or leave Valdez only have two ways to get in or out.

ANCHORAGE - Several miles of the avalanche covering the Richardson Highway have been cleared, but the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities said the majority of the stretch remains blocked.

Aerial images of the road blockage show that driving in or out of Valdez is not an option. According to Alaska State Troopers, neither is walking. Troopers said a couple of people tried to walk through the blocked-off avalanche danger zone and were arrested and charged with obstructing a highway and disorderly conduct.

But even with the only road in or out of Valdez covered in tons of snow, people are still managing to get in and out of town.

Their two options: Flight or ferry.

ADOT&PF’s motto, according to their website, is “keep Alaska moving.” They’ve rerouted the ferry system along the Alaska Marine Highway System to keep Valdez residents mobile.

Transportation officials said there was no westbound ferry service scheduled at all this week for Valdez, but the avalanche incited them to alter the ferry schedule to accommodate these needing to enter or exit Valdez. Now, ADOT&PF has three ferries scheduled to come and go from the Valdez port.

Era Alaska airlines is also ramping up service to help keep Valdez moving, which is the only commercial airline flying in our out of Valdez.

Airline officials said increased demand prompted them to add a third Valdez flight to their usual two-flight daily schedule.

Airline officials said they’re prepared to add more Valdez flights over the coming days, if the need remains. They advise the public to contact them directly to see about additional flights to Valdez.

Altered ferry schedules are now posted at alaskaferry.com.

Latest Stories

  • Weather

    Evening News Weather, July 6

    by KTVA Weather on Jul 06, 23:11

    Kenai Peninsula/Prince William Sound Rain for coastal areas and showers for Anchorage and the interior areas. Up to 1/3 inches of rain by Wednesday night.   Southeast Rain showers for the northern areas like Yakutat with mostly cloudy skies and mostly dry for areas south of there. Sunny skies for Ketchikan.   Interior/North Slope Smokey […]

  • News

    Chester Creek Greenbelt fire came close to Anchorage homes

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Jul 06, 23:06

    Some people who live in the Rogers Park neighborhood may not know how lucky they are. Authorities say a fire started by homeless campers on Friday near Chester Creek Greenbelt Park could have easily spread to homes. Joanne Jenson, who lives in the area, was visiting Valdez when she heard her neighborhood was being evacuated. […]

  • News

    Special Olympics ‘Flame for Hope’ comes to Anchorage

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Jul 06, 21:57

    The “Flame of Hope” for the Special Olympics World Summer Games is making its way around the country with a stop in Anchorage on Monday. State and local law enforcement kicked off the unified relay around Anchorage. Alaska’s Sen. Dan Sullivan participated in the day’s events, lighting the torch in the official hand off for […]

  • News

    Float plane flipped on Naknek Lake

    by Hannah Colton/KDLG on Jul 06, 21:02

    Three passengers and a pilot were rescued unharmed from a PA-22 float plane that flipped in Naknek Lake around 12:30 Sunday afternoon. The Piper was piloted by Mark Romo of Aleknagik. Katmai Chief Ranger Tom Betts says the plane landed on rough waters with strong winds from the east. “Generally on an east wind day […]

  • News

    Berkowitz writes to Secretary of the Army in effort to keep troops at JBER

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Jul 06, 17:19

    As one of his “first official acts” as Anchorage’s new mayor, Mayor Ethan Berkowitz wrote a letter to Secretary of the Army John McHugh, emphasizing the importance of the Fourth Airborne Brigade Combat Team of the 25th Infantry Division (4-25) to the city and state’s economic and strategic futures. Anchorage’s Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson (JBER), where […]

  • News

    Human jawbone discovered at South Anchorage park

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Jul 06, 15:33

    The Anchorage Police Department is investigating the discovery of a human jawbone found in South Anchorage on Sunday. Around 6:45 p.m., APD was contacted by a woman who claimed to have found a human jawbone in “a wood line at a park,” along the 9400 block of Brayton Drive. According to the woman, it was […]

  • News

    Firefighter Combat Challenge comes to Anchorage

    by Jacquie Slater on Jul 06, 14:53

    For the second time in its 25-year history, the Firefighter Combat Challenge made its way to Alaska as part of the Fourth of July festivities in Anchorage. Challenge founder Dr. Paul Davis first brought the challenge here for the 50th anniversary of statehood. This year, he says he brought it here to celebrate the city’s […]

  • News

    Cosby said he got drugs to give women for sex

    by Associated Press on Jul 06, 14:11

    Bill Cosby admitted in a 2005 deposition that he obtained Quaaludes with the intent of giving them to young women he wanted to have sex with. He admitted giving the sedative to at least one woman. The Associated Press went to court to compel the release of the documents, and they were made public Monday. […]