Alaska Railroad begins repairs to earthquake damaged bluff
The Alaska Railroad is repairing an embankment that failed during last November’s 7.1 magnitude earthquake.
The work is being done along the mainline track near Potter Hill in South Anchorage near the Oceanview neighborhood. Railroad spokesman Tim Sullivan said workers are bringing in tons of rock and fill to stabilize the slope.
“It’s going to be about 20,000 tons of rock that will be moving through there and trying to do everything we can to shore that up down below, as well as making sure some of the drainage that got damaged up above the tracks during the earthquake is repaired,” he said.
Sullivan said fixing drainage issues will benefit the neighborhood as well as the tracks and prevent possible flooding.
“It will make sure that that drainage is working right," he said. "That there isn’t any flooding up there and everything can flow underneath the tracks rather than through their yards and over the tracks."
Sullivan put the cost of the project at $2.4 million. He said the railroad is paying for it but intends to ask FEMA for reimbursement.
The major work is expected to be completed by Christmas with workers returning in the spring to do additional landscaping.
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