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Crews clear huge Alaska landslide from road

Posted: November 1, 2013 - 12:53pm

ANCHORAGE — Crews at Denali National Park in Alaska have cleared a landslide from a road that is a major tourist destination each summer.

The landslide discovered last week covered 200 feet of the Denali Park Road with rock and soil.

Crews finished clearing the road at day's end Monday. Park officials say it's not clear if instability of the terrain will affect visitors next summer.

Park spokeswoman Maureen Gualtieri (gall-tee-EHR'-ee) says the road — 37 miles from the park entrance— appears intact.

An estimated 30,000 yards of debris fell from 500 feet above the road. Gualtieri says the debris was pushed downslope off the road.

She says the road and slide area will be assessed next spring before it opens to traffic.

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