By Larry Persily
Wrangell Sentinel 

Zimovia Highway landslide repairs will exceed $1.2 million


December 20, 2023

Alaska Department of Transportation

Work has continued daily to clear and rebuild several hundred feet of Zimovia Highway damaged in the Nov. 20 landslide. This photo of a loader moving through the damaged area was taken Dec. 5.

The cost of clearing landslide debris, digging up the roadbed to install three large culverts to carry runoff from the mountainside, building up a new base and shoulders, and then paving the rebuilt section of Zimovia Highway with concrete will exceed $1.2 million.

It could be another couple weeks before the work is finished and the highway restored to two-lane traffic, said a state official.

Fortunately, the Alaska Department of Transportation had enough sections of 36-inch-diameter culvert on hand in Wrangell for the job, avoiding the need to ship the large pieces into town, Chris Goins,...

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