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"Massive rock slide" closes highway


February 10, 2009

Ketchikan, Alaska - The Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities (DOT&PF) responsed to what was described as "a massive rock slide" that blocked North Tongass Highway in Ketchikan. The slide, which occurred about 8 a.m. Tuesday, is located at the five mile marker.

jpg "Massive rock slide" closes highway

"Massive rock slide" closes highway
Photograph by JIM LEWIS

The rockslide Tuesday morning closed both lanes of traffic for several hours.

There were no injuries reported in the incident, but a house located above the slide remains close to a slope's edge. According to Nick Farstad of DOT&PF, the house is not in danger of falling onto the road.

A local contractor was contacted to assist the DOT&PF maintenance and operations crew with clearing the road to make it passable. The Ketchikan Police Department and Alaska State Troopers also responded.



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Alaska Department of Transportation & Public Facilities


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