Grit, Skill and a Bit of Luck: How Alaska Repaired Major Road Damage in Record Time after a Devastating Earthquake

When Anchorage, Alaska experienced a 7.0 magnitude earthquake in November 2018, the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities (DOT&PF) staff got to work, establishing an Emergency Operation Center and creating inventories of work to be done. Sites were prioritized for immediate repair, with one of the most dramatic being the Minnesota Drive and International Airport Road interchange. As late-November is one of the most difficult times of year for paving in Alaska due to freezing temperatures, DOT&PF faced serious challenges in repairing the damaged roads. Details of the on-the-fly construction are presented in this article, with contractors, subcontractors, utility companies and maintenance crews all jumping in to respond.


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  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Figures; Photos;
  • Pagination: pp 16-18, 20, 22-23
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  • Accession Number: 01712958
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 29 2019 4:32PM