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Anchorage Police Department
Thursday March 22nd, 2018 :: 05:43 p.m. AKDT

Advisory

Update Traffic Alert: Inbound Glenn Hwy @ South Eagle River Exit; New detour starts 4 a.m. tomorrow

Update:
Tomorrow (Friday, March 23rd,) starting at 4 a.m., the new detour will begin (see attached map).
 
One inbound lane of the Glenn Highway will open at the North Eagle River Road exit. Traffic will be diverted to the South Eagle River Road exit, travel over Artillery Road, onto Eagle View Drive and then diverted back onto the Glenn Highway via a new access point.
 
The current detour will remain as an alternate option.
 
Please refer to the 1:30 p.m. update below on recommendations about traveling in the area.
 
For more information about the detours, please click these links:

https://maps.ancgis.com/ER_EmergencyTurnOuts
https://maps.ancgis.com/GlennInfo
 
 
Update 3/22/18 1:30 p.m.:
There will be no changes to the detour during the afternoon/evening commute home. The outbound lanes of the Glenn Highway will remain open. Inbound traffic will continue to be diverted onto the North Eagle River Road exit and diverted back onto the Glenn Highway from the Hiland Road exit.
 
Our partners at the Department of Transportation (DOT) is leading the investigation. APD is assisting. DOT inspectors found the damage to the bridge to be incredibly dangerous. The bridge span was pulverized, lost structural integrity and is at risk of falling. Crews will work on removing the damaged bridge span which will take several days. Once removed and deemed safe by DOT, the detours will be lifted and the Glenn Highway will resume regular traffic flow. Replacement of the bridge span will come at a later time.
 
A new detour for Friday’s morning commute is being developed. As soon as the plan is finalized, a Nixle with all the details (including a map) will be sent.
 
Regardless of the new detour, traffic will remain heavily congested in the area until the Glenn Highway is reopened. Please plan accordingly.
 
If you don’t need to travel in the area, don’t. If you have the option of taking the day off from your job, working from home or coming in late, please do.
 
If you do need to travel in the area, leave early, travel at a safe distance from the vehicle in front of you, follow officers commands and detour signs, don’t attempt short cuts, don’t speed and practice patience.
 
Additional officers will continue to remain in the area to help with traffic control and make sure everyone gets to their destination safely.
 
Finally, please don’t call 911 unless it’s an emergency. Dispatchers were inundated this morning with 911 calls about the traffic situation. 911 is for emergency calls only.
 
Thank you for everyone’s cooperation and patience during this difficult time. We understand.
 
Update 3/21/18 9 p.m.:
Due to the significant damage to the bridge, the inbound lanes of the Glenn Highway will remain closed indefinitely.

The closure could possibly last 3-5 days as DOT crews work to repair the bridge.

For the Thursday morning commute into Anchorage, traffic will be diverted off of the Glenn Highway at the North Eagle River exit. Drivers will follow detour signs through downtown Eagle River and back onto the Glenn Highway from Hiland Road.

If you are planning on traveling in the area during this time, including students heading to school via bus or other means, please plan accordingly and drive safely.

APD will be deploying extra officers in the area to help monitor the situation and control traffic so everyone gets to their destinations safely.

Update 3/21/18 2:54pm:
Drivers should now use North or South Birchwood Exits instead of North Eagle River exit.

Original:
An 18-wheeler on the inbound Glenn Highway has collided with the South Eagle River overpass.  All inbound lanes are now closed at that location. If you are inbound on the Glenn and headed to Anchorage, you need to exit the Glenn using the North Eagle River exit, and then get back on the Glenn via the Hiland exit.

The Department of Transportation is enroute to the scene.
 

Address/Location
Anchorage Police Department
4501 Elmore Road
Anchorage, AK 99507

Contact
Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 907-786-8900

MJ Thim
Public Information
mthim@muni.org
907-786-8571

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