High water undercuts Jordan Ave. bridge

Posted: Monday, October 22, 2001

Temporary repairs began today on the Jordan Avenue bridge over Jordan Creek, near the Jordan Creek Center in the Mendenhall Valley.

The avenue has been closed to through traffic since Friday, said Mike Scott, city street superintendent.

"Friday we noticed that a pothole had developed on the street. High tide, water, wind and rain washed out that hole so that it extended under the road to the bridge abutment," Scott said.

About 20 businesses have been affected by the closing of the bridge and avenue, but business owners and customers still have access through Trout Street, near McDonald's.

Temporary repairs may be completed today and are estimated to cost about $2,000. These will get the bridge and adjacent roadbed through the winter, until permanent repairs can be done in the spring when the water level is lower, Scott said.

Water levels in local streams are "probably not higher than usual, nothing extreme for this (rainy) time of year," he said. But several 20-foot tides that backed up into creeks and streams last week affected water levels.

Scott reported no other major cases of damage to locally maintained streets, but encouraged residents to keep an eye on the drains on their streets and in their yards and keep them clear.

"Hopefully we will get some snow in the higher altitudes, and water flow down here will slack off," Scott said.

Rain and a clogged culvert combined to undercut part of Douglas Highway last Wednesday. The state-maintained road has a temporary repair. As far as other Juneau roads under state auspices go, "I haven't heard of any new crises this morning," said Gary Hayden, construction manager for the Southeast Region of the state Department of Transportation.

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Ann Chandonnet can be reached at achandonnet@juneauempire.com.



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