After a day of traffic disaster, cars file steadily down the Glenn Hwy on Friday

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Published: Mar. 23, 2018 at 7:59 AM AKDT
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After a disastrous first morning where traffic was hamstrung on its way in to Anchorage, commuters saw a significant improvement thanks to an

Drivers commuting in to Anchorage are calling it a success.

After an 18-wheeler transporting a modular housing unit smashed into the South Eagle River overpass Wednesday afternoon, taking a chunk out of the bridge and ripping the trailer in half, traffic slowed to a crawl Thursday morning.

The day after, Friday, March 23, authorities knew they needed a better solution than Thursday, where drivers were all routed through downtown Eagle River, a detour full of stop lights and speed zones.

Friday morning, drivers were offered a faster solution of getting off the highway temporarily, going up the Artillery Road exit, through Eagle River Road, and then back onto the Glenn Highway via a temporary ramp built Thursday evening. This way, traffic was only taken away from highway speeds briefly before being allowed to continue on to Anchorage.

The old detour through Eagle River is now labeled an "alternate route" by DOT, with the new official detour being the on and off ramp around the bridge damage.

"Yesterday it was awful, just awful, the worst," a KTUU viewer said via phone, "But today it's totally different, I'm in Anchorage already."

Anchorage Police Department officers were on the overpass flagging drivers through, making sure the single file lane doesn't encounter problems to obstruct traffic.