Major log jam under Peger Bridge; DOT says avoid area

A major log jam has formed under the Peger Bridge that crosses the Chena River. The Department of Transportation closed the walking path underneath the bridge last week, on August 15th, due to rising water covering the path. (Andrew Hawkins/KTVF)

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) A major log jam has formed under the Peger Bridge that crosses the Chena River. The Department of Transportation closed the walking path underneath the bridge last week, on August 15th, due to rising water covering the path.

Since then, the water has only gotten higher. According to DOT Spokesperson Caitlin Frye, both bridge and hydrology experts are monitoring the situation. She says DOT advises those on the Chena to not pass under the bridge. The department is planning on removing the logs, but not until the water goes down.

"The reason that were not doing that yet is because it's not safe to put a boat in there while the water levels are so high when they're so close to the bridge," said Frye. "When the water levels do recede, what we're going to do is get our folks in a boat, get there in the river, start cutting those logs away and letting them float downstream."

Frye says the logs are posing no threat to the bridge. She added they are monitoring other flood sights, but no other problems have been detected.

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