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Salmon Creek access road washed out

User trail will be closed until late spring or early summer

Posted: January 29, 2014 - 1:05am
Scott Willis, power generation engineer for Alaska Electric Light and Power, views the section of the Salmon Creek access road on Tuesday that slid downhill recently. The road will be closed to the public until the area is repaired next summer.  Michael Penn | Juneau Empire
Michael Penn | Juneau Empire
Scott Willis, power generation engineer for Alaska Electric Light and Power, views the section of the Salmon Creek access road on Tuesday that slid downhill recently. The road will be closed to the public until the area is repaired next summer.

Salmon Creek Trail is closed until late spring or early summer after 80 feet of it washed out in heavy rains last week.

It looks like someone might be able to walk around the washed out section, said Alaska Electric Light & Power Director of Consumer Affairs Debbie Driscoll, but the slim section of road remaining may be unstable. 

“It’s dangerous,” she said. ”It’s just better to not have people go up there at all … We’re closing the trail to public use to make sure everyone stays safe.”

The damaged section is about a mile past the entrance gate and two miles before the dam.

AEL&P got word at the end of the day last Wednesday that a section of the trail had washed out. They went up on Thursday to assess the damage. 

“We don’t want to close it if we don’t have to, but the concern is (stability,)” Driscoll said. “We’re just trying to make sure people know, mainly because we don’t want them to be disappointed.”

She said an engineer is currently designing a rebuild.

“A contractor will ... rebuild, hopefully with better material, that will hold,” Driscoll said. “We’ll always have rainy weather.”

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