Bridge Through Time: Eklutna River Bridge Replacement
Tuesday, November 17, 2015, 1:45 p.m.
Tuesday, November 17, 2015, 3:15 p.m. AKST
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The Eklutna River Bridge was built in 1935 as a one lane, two truss steel spandrel arch bridge to connect Anchorage to the agricultural Matanuska Valley. In 1941-1942 the Anchorage-Matanuska Road was incorporated into the Glenn Highway, providing an alternative route from the Port of Valdez to Fort Richardson in Anchorage. A scheduled inspection in 2010 documented and recommended the bridge be replaced due to widespread deterioration and cracks in the welds and truss members, missing connections, member damage and section loss, rust, pack rust and paint failure. The Eklutna River Bridge has been closed to vehicle traffic since May 2012. The Municipality of Anchorage (MOA), in partnership with the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public facilities (ADOT&PF) Bridge Design Section, is replacing the old Eklutna River Bridge through the MOA’s adopted Context Sensitive Solutions policy and includes historic and environmental mitigation. Concurrent with this process is the historic documentation of the bridge before its removal.
Van Le, AICP