- Associated Press - Thursday, March 22, 2018

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - The Latest on damage to bridge spanning the main highway leading into Anchorage, Alaska, from the north (all times local):


Alaska highway officials estimate it will cost $1.8 million to repair a bridge spanning the main highway into Anchorage from the north.

Inbound lanes remain closed as the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities plans repairs of the bridge over the highway.

A semi with a load too tall for the bridge struck the structure Wednesday, crushing concrete around a girder. The Transportation Department says a 200,000-pound (90,720-kilogram) girder could fall onto the highway.

Spokeswoman Shannon McCarthy says emergency repairs are in the works that could remove the damaged span and allow the highway to reopen.

The closure is expected to last three to five days.

Traffic has been rerouted through downtown Eagle River, leading to considerable delays for commuters.

About 57,000 vehicles use the road into Anchorage each day.


7:30 a.m.

Lanes of the Glenn Highway entering Anchorage could remain closed at least three to five days while an overpass is repaired.

A semi-trailer Wednesday crashed into the south Eagle River overpass of the highway.

Anchorage police say the crash caused significant damage.

Crews from the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities will work to repair the damage.

The police department says commuters from northern parts of Anchorage and the Matanuska-Susitna Borough will face delays.

Traffic will be diverted off the Glenn Highway at the North Eagle River exit. Drivers will follow detour signs through downtown Eagle River and back onto the Glenn Highway from Hiland Road.

Police will deploy extra officers to control traffic.

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