Mirror Lake on-ramp to Glenn Highway ropened after small slide

Second closure expected next week for repairs
Mirror Lake on-ramp to Glenn Highway ropened after small slide
Published: Aug. 8, 2022 at 4:10 PM AKDT|Updated: Aug. 9, 2022 at 4:56 PM AKDT
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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (KTUU) - A small slide closed the Mirror Lake on-ramp to the northbound lanes of the Glenn Highway on Monday.

According to a Facebook post from the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities, the on-ramp had been closed and drivers had to use the Peters Creek on-ramp to enter the northbound lanes of the Glenn Highway. In an email Tuesday, department spokesperson Jill Reese said that the on-ramp has reopened, but drivers will need to stay on the right side of the pavement.

Reese said that repairs would begin Monday, so residents in the area who need to use the exit should plan for another closure of the on-ramp next week. Reese also said that the small landslide had been pushed farther downhill, but is not in contact with the roadway.

The Mirror Lake on-ramp to the Glenn Highway was closed Monday after a small landslide caused...
The Mirror Lake on-ramp to the Glenn Highway was closed Monday after a small landslide caused concern.(Alaska 511)

“We don’t really expect there to be any more damage to the road, or actually any damage to the road at this point,” Reese said in an interview Monday. “Topsoil and vegetation let loose from where it joins the pavement and slid downhill for a while. It appears that it’s not what we would call a global failure — which is a subsidence of the road itself — it appears to be a localized slide of just the top layer of organic material.”

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