GLENN HIGHWAY IN ROUGH SHAPE
On the last day of the Walker Administration, the State of Alaska is officially closed for business in Southcentral Alaska. Gov. Bill Walker announced the closure today in a press release.
Walker said that due to extensive damage from the 7.0 earthquake on Friday to the Glenn Highway between miles 23-25, all state offices in Anchorage, Eagle River, Wasilla, and Palmer will be closed for business at the request of the Department of Transportation and Public Facilities, which wants to lessen the traffic on the highway.
Between Eklutna and Mirror Lake, the Glenn Highway remains limited to one lane of traffic in either direction. The Governor’s Office said that if travel is not essential, drivers should avoid the area.
“Employees with the departments of Corrections, Public Safety, DOT&PF, and Health and Social Services that deal with public safety and/or 24-hour facilities should follow the directions from their commissioner’s office about reporting to work.
“Employees with the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs who are assigned to JBER, and state employees working in the State Emergency Operations Center, should report to work. All DMVA facilities on JBER have already been inspected,” the announcement said.
Gov. Walker will be the chief executive officer of the state until noon on Monday, which also means on the first day of the new Dunleavy Administration, much of the state will not yet be “open for business.”
Rather, it will be cleaning up from the disaster.