Road between Lowell Point and Seward partly open after large landslide

A substantial landslide on Lowell Point Road has blocked both lanes of traffic and is not...
A substantial landslide on Lowell Point Road has blocked both lanes of traffic and is not expected to be cleared until earliest Thursday morning.(Courtesy Stephanie Millane)
Published: Sep. 30, 2020 at 11:42 PM AKDT|Updated: Oct. 1, 2020 at 10:43 AM AKDT
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SEWARD, Alaska (KTUU) - A substantial landslide on Lowell Point Road has been partially cleared with one lane open to traffic. Travelers are asked to drive cautiously through the area as there is still loose rock above the road.

A community alert about the landslide was sent by the Seward Police Department just before 3 p.m. Wednesday, warning that the road would be closed until further notice.

Thursday morning, Seward City Clerk Brenda Ballou said that more slides occurred overnight and that city crews are working with Metco Alaska LLC, a local contracting company, to find the best way to clear things up.

Ballou said there have been a few small landslides in the area over the past few days that were able to be cleared quickly, but Wednesday’s landslide was bigger and prevented the Lowell Point community from accessing Seward on the road system.

Ballou said people from Miller’s Landing, a recreation and lodging business in the area, were able to run a water taxi Wednesday afternoon to shuttle people between the communities. On Thursday, Ballou suggested the water taxi was still available.

Crews are also working on keeping the outfall area of the Lowell Creek Diversion Tunnel near Lowell Canyon Road cleared. The waterfall is currently under control, but the city is monitoring the situation.

Ballou said a couple of the rocks that fell in the landslide were so large that equipment could not lift them. She said the city hopes those rocks can be rolled over enough times and dropped in the water to clear the road.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

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