Seward Highway re-opens at Tudor Road
Sunday morning traffic was backed up at the Tudor Road off-ramp and Seward Highway.
"It's part of life living in Anchorage, spring time started early," Jesse Ekstrand said.
He and other drivers had no choice. The northbound lanes remained closed as state transportation crews installed a new beam, after a dump truck damaged the old one back in January. Crews used heavy equipment for the project that forced the closure of the lanes, and the detour at Tudor Road.
"I think it's absolutely wonderful that we can have road construction and keep the roads moving, getting people to where they need to go," Alex Dym said.
Late Sunday afternoon, the northbound lanes re-opened to traffic. The project wrapped up almost half a day earlier than expected. Not too much of a surprise to Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities spokesperson Shannon McCarthy.
"Our crews will be working 24/7. We don't want to impact the northbound lanes for a long period of time, so obviously our contractor is pushing hard to get this done quickly," McCarthy said.
It was good news for drivers on the Seward Highway, not so good for those on Tudor Road.
Only two of the eastbound lanes remain in open. Crews still need to install a new sidewalk over the Seward Highway, which will take about a week. When it re-opens, commuters will be able to turn left onto the northbound highway from the turning lane that has been shutdown since the beam got damaged.
While the repairs were made, the state also installed a sign reminding drivers of large vehicles how much room they have at the overpass.
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