Following large-scale damage to the Glenn Highway, Gov. Bill Walker announced all state offices in Southcentral will be closed on Monday, Dec. 3.

In a release sent via email Saturday, the governor's office stated that offices in Anchorage, Eagle River, Wasilla, and Palmer will be closed for business and the Department of Transportation requests that agencies keep employees home. 

The closures were initiated following extensive damage on the Glenn Highway, between miles 23-25 in the Eklutna to Mirror Lake area. The highway remains open, but will be limited to one lane of traffic in either direction through miles 23-25. The department advises people to only drive if necessary.

Employees of public safety departments or round-the-clock facilities including, the Departments of Corrections, Public Safety, DOT, as well as Health and Social Services, should follow the directions from their commissioner’s office about reporting to work, the release stated.

The Department of Military and Veterans Affairs who are assigned to Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson and state employees working in the State Emergency Operations Center should report to work. These work facilities have been inspected, according to the release from the governor's office.

DOT&PF and the Department of Administration are working together to ensure all work places are safe for employees and the public to return, and are working to limit traffic on the Glenn Highway.

State employees are encouraged to sign up for office closure email/text alerts.

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