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Tractor-trailer crash obstructs highway

Posted: December 30, 2013 - 9:22pm

Portions of the Sterling Highway were closed near Mile 48 in Cooper Landing for more than seven hours following a tractor-trailer crash on Friday.

According to Alaska State Troopers, driver Farrell Brown, 69, of Homer, veered off the road, caught snow in the southbound ditch, which caused the tractor-trailer to turn over and stop on its passenger side.

Trooper spokesperson Beth Ipsen said no one was injured in the crash. The lengthy partial closure of the highway was necessary to remove the tractor-trailer, which was blocking a driveway. She said a large piece of the trailer and debris from inside the trailer remained on the side of the road after the highway was completely opened, but the owner planned to clear it Saturday morning.

Brown was issued a traffic violation.

— Staff report

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Citizen17 01/03/14 - 09:49 am
Road at Cooper Landing

This stretch of road through Cooper Landing presents many challenges when the road is good. When snowy and icy, the danger and risk level increases exponentially. Here is another road blockage/closure/delay on this road. This should be another good reason to build the "Cooper Landing Bypass" and remove this section of road from the main traffic stream. This is our only land route to and from Anchorage, and beyond. When traveling to/from Anchorage, I figure 3 hours of travel time. If the road closes, then I will be late. When I travel THROUGH Cooper Landing, I am doing just that. I do not stop to shop at the local businesses, look for lodging or book a raft trip. I continue on. If I DO stop, it's to leave something - - of a septic nature.
Build the bypass, allow access to Cooper Landing for those who want it, and let's upgrade this section of the road system to handle the volume of traffic the Kenai Peninsula attracts. Maybe someday I'll make Cooper Landing my destination and stop for a cup of coffee.

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