Seward Highway reopening as long delays continue around Girdwood

Published: Jul. 7, 2018 at 4:24 PM AKDT
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The Seward Highway is reopening after long delays for drivers heading south from Anchorage to Girdwood.

For hours, traffic heading south was at a standstill due to the annual Girdwood Forest Fair, said the Anchorage Police Department.

A Channel 2 journalist in the area said that traffic was backed up from just south of Bird Creek all the way to Girdwood, a distance of around five miles.

Parking around Girdwood was also at maximum capacity and overflow lots were full, interrupting commutes on the Seward and Alyeska Highways, said police around 2 p.m.

Police say all lanes of the highway had reopened by around 5:30 p.m. but drivers should still expect delays.

For Sunday, APD says drivers should expect more of the same.

"Traffic on the Seward Highway headed towards Anchorage will be very heavy all day as drivers make their way back home from the holiday weekend festivities," said the statement from APD. "Please plan ahead and be safe!"

APD also wanted to remind drivers that extra patrols will be going on throughout the weekend.