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(ANCHORAGE, Alaska) – The Anton Anderson Memorial Tunnel, also known as the Whittier Tunnel, remains closed until further notice due to a rock fall hazard inside the tunnel. The tunnel was closed at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 25.
A geologist with the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities (ADOT&PF) has inspected the tunnel and has recommended the removal of loose rock and additional stabilization of the remaining rock in the area where the hazard exists. This will require the installation of rock bolts and high tension mesh. ADOT&PF has contracted with Advanced Blasting to perform the required repairs.
The contractor will be on site early this afternoon and begin stabilization work immediately. Once stabilization work is complete, the department will escort one-lane of traffic through the tunnel, both in and out of Whittier. The time for this escort is not yet set, and is dependent on the completion of the stabilization work.
The tunnel will remain closed to regular traffic Wednesday, Oct. 26, and Thursday, Oct. 27 to allow the contractor to complete the work. We will provide more information about a possible reopening as information becomes available.
Alaska Marine Highway System (AMHS) ferry FVF Fairweather sailings for Thursday, Oct. 27 has been revised. The ferry’s schedule to sailing to Whittier has been canceled. The ferry will now sail Cordova – Valdez – Cordova. AMHS staff are contacting affected passengers. The revised schedule may be found online at FerryAlaska.com.
The Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities oversees 249 airports, 11 ferries serving 35 communities, 5,619 miles of highway and 720 public facilities throughout the state of Alaska. The mission of the department is to Keep Alaska Moving through service and infrastructure.