Thane Road reopened after avalanche control

Posted: Thursday, March 03, 2011

Sections of Thane Road were closed off Wednesday as the Alaska Department of Transportation did routine avalanche control on the mountain. The procedure uses explosives to dislodge accumulated snow on the mountain, making the road below safer for drivers.

Blasting occurred from 11:05 a.m. to 12:20 p.m. with traffic picking back up 10 minutes later.

Southeast Region Maintenance Superintendent Greg Patz said the snow for blasting usually accumulates at about 2,000 feet up and that weather conditions requiring blasting usually occur about two or three times a year.

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