Alaska Department of Transportation

Jenny Neyman/KDLL

There’s a new pond near Cooper Landing. It formed as snowmelt and drainage from a creek pooled in the underpass at the bottom of Skyline Trail, blocking hikers from going under the highway to get from the parking lot to the trailhead.

The underpass is new. It was built in 2019 and cost the state just under $400,000, as part of a larger Sterling Highway rehabilitation project.

Now, it’s unpassable because of all the water.

Hannah Etengoff

For four and a half hours Monday night, the only road to the Kenai Peninsula was blocked in both directions by an avalanche near Summit Lake.

The avalanche hit around 4:20. Hannah Etengoff was driving back home to Kenai with her husband and dogs.

Department of Transportation

Regardless of how the tourism season shapes up, Cooper Landing will have over 100 new faces this summer.

They’ll be in town to work on the Sterling Highway bypass project, the plan to divert traffic between mileposts 45 and 60 of the highway up to a bridge across Juneau Creek Canyon. Construction is ramping up on the project this summer.

Sabine Poux/KDLL

Funny River Road, the Seward ferry terminal and a well-traveled stretch of the Sterling Highway are all on the shortlist for upgrades from the Alaska Department of Transportation.

Redoubt Reporter

The Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities has approved four long-term, non-permanent positions for hire for the Silvertip Maintenance Station on the Seward Highway.

Due to budget cuts, the Silvertip station, which covers plowing and maintenance for a large part of the Seward Highway, closed last year. Public pressure and a push from Soldotna Republican Sen. Peter Micciche prompted the state to agree to reopen the station late last month.

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