DOT&PF Road Crews Gain Upper Hand in Kodiak Area Flooding
All Kodiak roads now open; much more work remaining
(JUNEAU, Alaska) – According to Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities (DOT&PF) officials, all state routes on Kodiak Island are now open, although state engineers are still assessing total flood damage from last Friday’s near-record rainfall.
DOT&PF work crew’s around the clock efforts were rewarded with the opening of Anton Larsen Bay Road this afternoon.
While all state routes are now open, more work remains to fully repair the flood damage.
“We’ve nearly completed our damage assessment,” said DOT&PF engineer Jennifer Reed. “Right now we’re looking at about $2.5 million in total repair work. That number is likely to rise as we finish up our inspections.”
Upwards of 60 culverts need repair or replacement. Road repairs and resurfacing are also major cost factors. Local Kodiak contractors have been hired to support DOT&PF and accelerate the repair work.
Travelers can expect periodic lane closures and other traffic restrictions as this work progresses. DOT&PF estimates that total repairs will take another four-to-six weeks to complete.
For up-to-date information regarding traffic restrictions and closures, please refer to 511.alaska.gov , or call the Kodiak Maintenance Station at (907) 487-4952.
Posted: October 16, 2009