Richardson Highway closed due to heavy flooding

The Richardson Highway was closed at mile 233.5 due to a bridge over Bear Creek washing out and currently has a single lane open, according to DOTPF.
Published: Jul. 11, 2022 at 4:06 PM AKDT|Updated: Jul. 12, 2022 at 1:07 PM AKDT
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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (KTUU) - The Richardson Highway is closed for multiple creek floodings, as heavy rains have spurred flash flooding in the area from mileposts 218 to 234.

The highway crossing a bridge over Bear Creek was closed starting Monday afternoon at mile 233.5, but was later reopened to one lane, according to the Department of Transportation and Public Facilities.

The Richardson Highway is closed for multiple creek floodings, as heavy rains have spurred...
The Richardson Highway is closed for multiple creek floodings, as heavy rains have spurred flash flooding in the area from mileposts 218 to 234.(Google Maps/Alaska's News Source)

In an update posted Tuesday morning, the department said the highway is closed between the aforementioned mileposts due to “multiple damage areas in need of repairs,” including:

  • Boulder Creek
  • Lower Suzy Q Creek
  • Upper Suzy Q
  • Falls Creek
  • Gunnysack Creek
  • Darling Creek

The department added that Bear Creek, Ruby Creek and One Mile Creek are experiencing “very high waters with a forecast of 80% showers” over the next few days. The Richardson is expected to be closed for another 24 hours, officials said, and that fiber optic lines have also been damaged in the flooding.

Shortly before noon Monday, the department issued a Facebook post alerting motorists and residents that the Richardson Highway would remain closed for 12-24 hours. In an update on the 511 website Monday afternoon, the department said one lane was open with a pilot car.

However, the highway closed again late Monday due to flash flooding at Ruby Creek and One Mile Creek, according to the department, keeping traffic out from miles 218 to 234. Officials said they do not know how long the road will be closed until a closer assessment can be made.

Earlier, the department said that flooding at Bear Creek washed out the bridge, and that crews were working to repair the bridge.

Flooding closed portions of the Richardson Highway last month as well, between mile markers 167 and 187.

This story has been updated to include additional information.

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