Motorists 'patient and understanding' during highway closure

Aug 20, 2019

With the multiple closures of the Sterling Highway since Sunday morning, many motorists found themselves stranded in Cooper Landing. After all, a 15-mile back-up stretched east from there by Monday morning.
    That captive audience actually made for a pretty good day for Wildman’s, Cooper Landing’s “everything” store.
    “We had a lot of people stop in. It was a good day yesterday,” said owner Cheryl James. “We had several people sleeping in our parking lot. There were people in line out there for 12 hours waiting to go through.”
    James said despite the smoke and gloom, the overall mood was more upbeat than not.
    “Everybody just was waiting patiently. You know, it was very understanding and patient that's what I can say,” James said. “There was one guy that got all upset that he drove down here and couldn't go fishing but, it's like, ‘wow so sorry.’”