Turnagain Pass

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.

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.

Redoubt Reporter

A traffic accident on the Seward Highway this weekend resulted in a fatality.

Thirty-nine-year-old Melanie Hinkle died when her car collided with another around Mile 105 Saturday morning, according to Anchorage Police.

South Peninsula Road Conditions

Mike Barrett remembers hopping on CB radio to get the highway report from truckers when he was growing up on the peninsula.

“That’s how we would find out what the roads were ahead," he said. "It was the social media of its time.” 

That’s the kind of thing Barrett was going for when he created South Peninsula Road Conditions, a Facebook group with a dedicated following of commuters who crowdsource updated information about the peninsula’s roads.

Snowfall adding up on Seward Highway

Dec 20, 2018
Alaska Department of Transportation & Public Facilities

  Conditions on the only road on or off the Kenai Peninsula went from bad to worse in the last 24 hours. Berms on the side of the road in Turnagain Pass are reported to be up to six-feet tall, and avalanche danger is also growing.

DOT Spokeswoman Shannon McCarthy called conditions through Turnagain Pass “intense,” and as challenging as they get: