Southeast DOT crews battle mudslides

Posted: Wednesday, September 23, 2009

JUNEAU - Maintenance and operations crews from the Alaska Department of Transportation & Public Facilities Southeast Region are battling Mother Nature this week in Petersburg following mudslides.

On Sunday, a mudslide came down at mile point 5.4 of the Mitkof Highway. That mudslide littered the highway with trees and other debris. Crews cleared the road after only a few hours.

An additional slide covered part of the Mitkof Highway after midnight Tuesday at mile point 4.5. Responding crews found a 36 inch cross culvert buried under about three feet of rock and trees, along with almost six inches of water washing over the road.

A second slide struck Mitkof Highway at about 5 a.m. Tuesday at mile point 17.5. There, crews came upon a slide covering about a 50-foot section of highway that was three feet deep. The crews cleared the road and reopened one lane to traffic within two hours and both lanes by 9 a.m.

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