Richardson Highway closed at pass

Posted: Thursday, December 17, 2009

VALDEZ - The state Transportation Department has closed the Richardson Highway at Thompson Pass near Valdez due to high avalanche danger, heavy snowfall and blowing and drifting snow.

Maintenance crews reported seven feet of snow falling in the last 36 hours.

Crews will be working on avalanche control Wednesday, but there's no estimate on reopening. It's the only highway to the port town of Valdez, terminus of the Alaska crude oil pipeline.

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