Southeast Region Crews Continue
September 23, 2009
Petersburg, Alaska - Maintenance and operations crews from the
Alaska Department of Transportation & Public Facilities'
Southeast Region are doing battle with Mother Nature this week
in Petersburg following mudslides.
Petersburg experienced a mudslide
Sunday at mile point 5.4 of the Mitkof Highway. That mudslide
littered the highway with trees and other debris. Crews cleared
the road after only a few hours.
A DOT&PF crew clears
debris from Petersburg's Mitkof Highway Tuesday morning following
several days of rainfall-caused slides.
Official DOT&PF photo courtesy Doug Jenny, Southeast Region
An additional slide covered part of the Mitkof Highway this morning
some time after midnight at mile point 4.5. Responding crews
found a 36 inch cross culvert buried under about three feet of
rock and trees, along with almost six inches of water washing
over the road.
A second slide struck Mitkof
Highway at about 5 a.m. today at mile point 17.5. There, crews
came upon a slide covering about a 50-foot section of highway
that was three feet deep. The crews cleared the road and reopened
one lane to traffic within two hours and both lanes by 9 a.m.
Cleanup operations are expected
to last throughout the week.
As of Tuesday, the Petersburg
area received a reported three inches of rain since Sunday.
Source of News:
Alaska Department of Transportation
& Public Facilities
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