- Associated Press - Monday, June 30, 2014

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - The head of the state transportation department is apologizing to drivers for extremely long delays Sunday on the Glenn Highway due to construction.

Road work brought some inbound traffic between Birchwood and Fort Richardson to a stop Sunday during long delays.

Frustrated drivers took to calling 911 to find out what the delay was for, which in turn prompted a message from Anchorage police that 911 was for emergencies only.

On Monday, transportation commissioner Pat Kemp said in a release that the department holds itself to a higher standard than what was witnessed by drivers Sunday. He calls the delays unacceptable and asks that people “accept the department’s deepest apology.”

Kemp also has ordered senior managers to investigate why and how this delay occurred to prevent it from happening again.

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