A broken culvert and sinkhole in the University Area will lead to a six-week road closure through the heart of Anchorage's University-Medical district.

Beginning the week after Labor Day, Providence Drive will be closed to eastbound and westbound traffic between UAA Drive and Spirit Drive. The closure is expected to last through mid-October.

Back in March, Municipality of Anchorage Street Maintenance crews discovered two steel creek culverts had collapsed under Providence Drive, creating a sinkhole. The 78-inch culverts were installed nearly 40 years ago and showed severe rust and corrosion below the waterline.

The municipality closed the road to complete emergency repairs. The temporary fix kept the road open while a long-term solution was designed.

MOA says the new concrete culvert being installed will not rust, last longer, do better in an earthquake, and allow salmon in the creek to travel upstream more easily.

The municipality encourages drivers to follow posted detours and use UAA Drive from the north and Elmore Road from the south to access the University of Alaska Anchorage, Alaska Pacific University, Providence Medical Center, and Alaska Native Heath campuses.

Anyone with questions about the project can contact the Project & Engineering Department at 343-8135, or email Project Administrator Brooke Blessing at brook.blessing@anchorageak.gov.

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