DOT: Southbound lanes of the Glenn Highway reopen

Published: Mar. 25, 2018 at 8:36 PM AKDT
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After days of detours and delays, the Alaska Department of Transportation says the southbound lanes of the Glenn Highway in Eagle River have reopened in time for Monday morning's commute.

The DOT reports the highway reopened shortly before 10 p.m. "Contractor Sandstrom & Sons, Inc have completed removing the damaged girder, and installing new safety rails and pavement markings on the Artillery overpass."

Crews have been working around the clock through the weekend to repair a bridge damaged on Wednesday, when an 18-wheeler crashed into the overpass.

In a social media post on the DOT’s Facebook page, the agency said a new rail had been put in place Sunday and new pavement markings were laid down.

Over the weekend, the department posted more information about the citation given to the commercial driver for striking the bridge. AK DOT says as the citation is not criminal, the driver’s name is not publicly available. The citation has been forwarded on the Alaska Court System in Anchorage.

“The penalty for this type of citation can range greatly and depends on extenuating circumstances such as driver history. Such penalties may have further implications such as insurance requirements for the driver and carrier,” said the social media post.

The DOT wanted to thank "the community for their patience while we removed the damaged span, and to the Anchorage Police Department and Municipality of Anchorage for assistance during this event."