At the earliest, the Sterling Highway from Homer to Soldotna will not be open until Saturday, officials said late Thursday afternoon.
Highway crews were hoping to install a military style bridge over Deep Creek in 36 to 48 hours, but "that's a guess," Sgt. Jim Hibpshman of the Alaska State Troopers said.
State Department of Transportation officials were to assess the damage at Stariski Creek and at Black Water Bend south of Anchor Point later Thursday evening.
As of Thursday afternoon, the following road closures had been reported:
The Sterling Highway from Mile 157 to 165 is closed.
Old Sterling Highway is closed.
Deep Creek Bridge at Mile 138 is out.
Stariski Creek culverts are washed out.
Anchor Point Beach Road is flooded.
North Fork Road at the Anchor River culverts has been washed out; that area has been evacuated.
The south end of the North Fork Road is washed out.
The road to Nikolaevsk is washed out.
It is recommended the Clam Gulch Beach Road not be used.
North Coho Loop is closed.
The Mystery Creek Road in the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge has been closed. The refuge reported that several hunters and other users had been stranded because of the flooded road sections.
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