DETOUR: Section of 36th Avenue to close this weekend

Published: Mar. 6, 2018 at 1:53 PM AKST
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Update - March 9, 2018:

A section of E. 36 Avenue will be closed over the weekend, in order for AWWU to repair a service line break.

The road closure will take place between Maclnnes Street and Lake Otis Parkway. And the shutdown will last from 8 p.m. Friday until 11 p.m. Sunday.

During this time, Anchorage Water & Wastewater Utility (AWWU) maintenance crew will perform a repair excavation.

The service line break was first reported on Tuesday. But AWWU decided to hold off on repairs until the weekend, in order to avoid peak weekday traffic.

The Anchorage Police Department asks that the public plan alternative routes, until the road reopens late-night Sunday, March 11.

AWWU adds that there will be local road access for residents with properties in the area – even up to Randolph Street. These residents may gain access through barricades off of 36th Avenue.

Update - March 6, 2018:

On Tuesday afternoon, traffic reopened along eastbound 36th Avenue.

Beginning at 10 a.m., between Maclnnes Street and Lake Otis Parkway, E. 36th Avenue was temporarily closed due to reports of a water main break. But now, Anchorage Water & Wastewater Utility (AWWU) employees believe it to instead be a service line break.

According to AWWU, service lines serve far fewer properties than a water mains.

Consequently, AWWU employee Barry Piser says crews plan to investigate the service line break at a later time. He says this is to avoid peak traffic.

The road was shutdown for a total of 4 hours. Previously, AWWU and APD expected to shutdown the road for 12 total hours.

Original Story - March 6, 2018:

On Tuesday, the Anchorage Police Department announced that a water main break closed a section of E. 36th Avenue; moreover, the public can expect the road closure to last for up to 12 total hours.

The eastbound 36th Avenue road closure will take place between Maclnnes Street and Lake Otis Parkway, says APD. When the break first occurred, eastbound lanes were fully closed. Additionally, westbound traffic flow was reduced.

According to Barry Piser, an employee with Anchorage Water & Wastewater Utility (AWWU), a 12-inch water main took damage at 10 a.m.

In a "worst case scenario," Piser says he expects the closure to last up to 12 hours – starting from 10 a.m. and lasting until approximately 10 p.m.

Currently, the company does not know what caused the break.

"We won't know the cause, until they perform an excavation of the area," said Piser.

He adds that the water main break has impacted nine nearby properties.