Update: Healy Canyon wall expected to be fixed by Tuesday, Alaska Railroad says
The Alaska Railroad said Monday, Aug. 19 that crews are continuing to work on the retaining wall at Healy Canyon north of Denali National Park.
"Passenger and freight service have been suspended through the area," ARRC said. "Motor coach service around the affected area will be provided to passengers departing or arriving Fairbanks."
ARRC says they expect the work to be done by late Tuesday.
Erosion caused by heavy rains north of Denali National Park and Preserve prompted the Alaska Railroad to close the railroad.
A release sent by the Alaska Railroad states a retaining wall below the tracks at mile 355.2 collapsed when the slope — which was saturated by recent heavy rainfall — gave way.
Both passenger and freight service will be suspended through the weekend and late into Monday, Aug. 19 at the earliest. Passengers using the railroad to go north or south should expect delays.
There will be bus service around the area for passengers traveling to and from Fairbanks.
The Alaska Railroad reports it is sending crews and equipment to repair the wall, including preventing future erosion.
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