DOT: Seward Highway Warning South of Anchorage

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by Natalie Travis

(Anchorage, AK) The Department of Transportation issues a warning for those driving the Seward Highway south of Anchorage.

This after police say a woman received serious injuries, when large chunks of ice hit her truck last week.

Alaska's DOT spokesperson for the central region, Rick Feller, Says this is the time of year where the warm sun is melting ice and snow, causing debris to fall on the road. That's why he says it's very important for motorists to pay attention.

The south facing slopes along the Seward Highway are prime for falling ice and rock.

According to the warning, the alert is for milepost 115 to Indian road, but Feller says anywhere on the highway near a vertical slope deserves caution.

Falling debris happens every year and is nothing unusual according to Feller, and says something like last week's incident isn't common

"I would say that the order of magnitude of what happened on Friday with the second fall event, was certainly an anomaly, one that no one in their memory here can recall," said Feller.

Experts don't know when the warning will lift, but say they'll be checking conditions on a day to day basis.

For updates on road reports you can dial 511 or click 511.alaska.gov/alaska51/mappingcomponent

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