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Avalanches close Richardson Highway
The only highway to Valdez has been closed by avalanches.
ANCHORAGE- The only highway to Valdez has been closed by avalanches.
One avalanche nearly struck a truck Friday on the Richardson Highway.
The Alaska Department of Transportation says the driver did not have time to stop and struck a snow berm. The driver was not injured.
Valdez police called Alaska State Troopers at 8 a.m. Friday to report that the highway through Thompson Pass was completely blocked by avalanches,
The Transportation Department says it has closed the highway from Mile 12 to Mile 69.
Spokesman Jeremy Woodrow says crews have been unable to clear the road because of fears of unstable snow. He says the highway could be closed for 24 hours as crews wait for conditions to improve.