Avalanches Close Richardson Highway

The only highway to Valdez has been closed by avalanches. The Anchorage Daily News reports one avalanche nearly struck a truck today on the Richardson Highway.

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he Alaska Department of Transportation says the driver did not have time to stop and struck a snow berm. The driver was not injured.

Valdez police called Alaska State Troopers at 8 a.m. Friday morning to report the highway through Thompson Pass was completely blocked by avalanches,

The Transportation Department says it has closed the highway from Mile 12 to Mile 69.

Crews have been unable to clear the road because of fears of unstable snow. The highway could be closed for 24 hours as crews wait for conditions to improve.