Eklutna River Bridge To Close

Due to safety issues, the Eklutna Bridge on the old Glenn Highway will be closed to all traffic in mid-May.

The Municipality of Anchorage plans to make corrections on the bridge so that bicycle and foot  traffic can begin in early June.

John Smith is a public works project manager for the municipality. Smith says the bridge has been a source of concern for some time.

The bridge closure will not affect nearby communities, which can use the new Glenn Highway. Smith says the span across the Eklutna River has been in service some 77 years.

A 2010 bridge inspection by the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities has shown progressive weakening of the bridge’s structural members and welded connections.

Smith says a new bridge will be built at an estimated cost of $14 million.

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