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Road reopens after avalanche blocked Seward Highway near Summit Lake

An avalanche is blocking the Seward Highway near milepost 45.
An avalanche is blocking the Seward Highway near milepost 45.(Ryan Probasco)
Published: Mar. 29, 2021 at 5:15 PM AKDT|Updated: Mar. 29, 2021 at 7:36 PM AKDT
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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (KTUU) - The Seward Highway near milepost 45 has reopened after an avalanche blocked both lanes of the road by Summit Lake earlier Monday evening.

According to an update from the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities, the debris from the avalanche was cleaned up and the road reopened at 9 p.m. after being closed for roughly four and a half hours.

An avalanche is currently blocking the Seward Highway near milepost 45.
An avalanche is currently blocking the Seward Highway near milepost 45.(Ryan Probasco)

Shannon McCarthy, a spokesperson for the department, said earlier in the day that the debris covered both lanes of the highway and was almost 200 feet wide and around 4 to 6 feet deep.

An avalanche is currently blocking the Seward Highway near milepost 45.
An avalanche is currently blocking the Seward Highway near milepost 45.(Ryan Probasco)

An alert from troopers said they expected the highway to be closed for only three hours, but McCarthy said the road had to be closed for longer than expected because crews wanted to bring down more snow, which could have been hazardous.

This is a breaking news story. Check back for updates.

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