Signs of slides sit along Seward Highway as DOT works to clear problematic areas

Published: Dec. 4, 2019 at 9:59 PM AKST
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The Alaska Department of Transportation is keeping their eye on a problematic 10-mile stretch of the Seward Highway after a storm brought boulders down from the mountain.

Last week, high winds and rain caused multiple rock falls along the Seward Highway between mileposts 104 and 114.

Signs warn along the highway now warn drivers of the possibility of loose rocks, and rocks from last weeks' slides sit on the side of the road marked off by cones.

Shannon McCarthy, Spokesperson for the DOT, said the department is waiting for clearance to remove rocks on the side of the road. She said that it would take road closures to remove the debris.

"We're looking at doing a variety of different things like rock bolting, the mesh or do some scaling where we actually bring rock down," said McCarthy.

McCarthy said she expects work will be done along this stretch next summer to secure the mountain.

DOT said people who come across a rock fall should call 911.

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