Sterling Highway closed by flooding

Posted: Wednesday, May 01, 2002

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A portion of the Sterling Highway has been closed by flooding.

The warm weather has plugged the Anchor River with snowmelt, leaving water backed up and flowing over a low-lying, 50-foot section of the Sterling Highway at Anchor Point, state transportation officials said Tuesday.

Crews are diverting traffic to and from Homer onto the Old Sterling Highway, but large trucks are unable to use that route.

DOT officials say they don't know how long the road will be closed.

''If it starts to rain, that definitely is not going to help us,'' said Kevin Jones, foreman of the agency's Homer maintenance station.

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