Anchorage deactivates emergency center as road work continues
The Municipality of Anchorage has shut down its emergency operations center Monday, as life gradually returns to normal for residents of Alaska’s largest city in the wake of Friday’s massive earthquake.
The city’s Emergency Operations Center, which was staffed in the wake of the 7.0 quake, was deactivated by Monday evening according to a statement from Anchorage police. Mayor Ethan Berkowitz’s emergency declaration for the city remains in effect through Tuesday, however, and responders are still addressing the quake’s damage and repercussions.
“Emergency response and recovery efforts will continue to operate through the Incident Command Structure at normal work locations within the MOA,” police wrote. “All MOA departments are open to the public tomorrow except for the Ben Boeke Ice Rink #2 and the Kincaid Park Bunker.”
Monday night also marks the expected arrival of temperatures below freezing, continuing slick conditions which emerged over the weekend. Police urge people to “be very cautious when venturing outdoors.”
The update comes as road crews with the state Department of Transportation and Public Facilities continue to repair widespread damage following the quake. All of the department’s bridge inspection teams statewide remain in southcentral Alaska, where 183 of the region’s 243 bridges have been initially cleared for use.
According to DOTPF, significant closures for repairs include:
Eagle River Loop Road Bridge (Briggs Bridge): Bridge is closed to all traffic for work to remove the nearby compromised pedestrian tunnel. The bridge has been inspected by Bridge Design and has no structural concerns. AWWU is actively working the site.
Glenn Highway Northbound Eagle River Bridge: Two lanes opened to traffic. Far left lane remains closed. Speed reductions.
Glenn Highway Mirror Lake (Mile 23-25): One lane detours on southbound and northbound highway. Please plan on substantial delays and additional commuting time on Tuesday, Dec. 3. Next steps are placing traffic control devices (safety devices) and removing snow and ice that have built up since mainline closure.
Glenn Highway/Old Glenn Mile 29.3: Reduced to one lane, paving expected tonight, Dec. 3. Speed reduction in area.
Glenn Highway Northbound Palmer Flyover: Approach is open to one lane. Temporary repairs complete.
Seward Highway between Tudor Road and 36th Avenue: Paving expected tonight, Dec. 3. Right two lanes are open during peak morning traffic. Be alert as traffic control may change throughout the day. Speed reduction.
Seward Highway Mile 114 to 104: The department advises against travel in this area. Rock fall is an ongoing issue due to continued aftershocks. Please do not stop in the area. Please do not gather water at Mile 109; rockfall in this area is particularly active.
Minnesota Drive Northbound and Southbound Ramps to International: Closed to traffic. Please use alternative routes. Paving expected tonight, Dec. 3.
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