FAIRBANKS, Alaska - Two lanes of the Northbound Seward Highway, and the right Eastbound lane of Tudor Road at the Tudor Road overpass, were closed Thursday due to a bridge strike. According to a press release from the Department of Transportation, the bridge strike occurred at approximately 1 a.m. when an empty dump truck, traveling with the bed up, struck the bridge.
Bridge inspectors were out evaluating the bridge and determined that the bridge remains structurally sound, however, one bridge girder is damaged and needs to be replaced, and because of the damaged bridge, the current traffic patterns will change. DOT officials say that crews will work to reconfigure the eastbound lanes on the Tudor overpass to create two through-lanes, closing the right-hand lane. The new traffic configuration will also close northbound access from Tudor to the Seward Highway. According to DOT, it’s estimated that the lane closures will remain in place through the weekend. Crews anticipate opening all northbound lanes on the Seward Highway early next week.
No injuries have been reported.
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