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February 5, 2019

$15M project will keep falling rocks off Seward Highway

  • Workers will pry out loose rock, bolt larger boulders and build nets to catch debris.
    Anchorage Daily News

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska — The big earthquake that struck Southcentral Alaska on Nov. 30 dislodged several dump trucks' worth of rocks and debris from the steep rock walls that line the Seward Highway along Turnagain Arm.

    The event underscored a problem well-known to state officials: This stretch of highway is particularly prone to falling rock. The shaking caused a boulder to crash into a semi truck at Mile 111, damaging the truck but sparing the driver. During an aftershock, rocks rained down on a woman who was gathering water from a popular water pipe at Mile 109, causing state officials to temporarily take out the water pipe altogether.

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