AK DOT extends Copper River Highway closure

By Tony Gorman

A portion of the Copper River Highway is expected to be closed for several more years.  The Alaska Department of Transportation announced that the highway will remain closed at Bridge 339 at 36.5 Mile due to safety concerns.  Increased water flow forced DOT to close it down last summer.

A replacement bridge is in the works.  Last fall, DOT received funding to begin the design phase to replace the 35 year-old bridge and is expected to progress through 2013.  If the project gets agency permitting in 2014, construction could begin as early as 2015.   KCHU’s Tony Gorman has more.

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