Wendell Street Bridge opens to vehicle traffic

Published: Nov. 23, 2021 at 4:37 PM AKST
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - The Wendell Avenue Bridge near downtown Fairbanks has been reopened.

As of Monday, November 22, the bridge, which has been closed since summer of 2020, is passable to both pedestrians and motor vehicles.

According to the Alaska Department of Transportation (DOT), the bridge was able to open after a temporary traffic signal was installed at the nearby intersection of 3rd Street, Minnie Street and the Old Steese Highway.

All lane restrictions at the intersection of 3rd Street and the Steese Highway have also been removed.

One side of the bridge is still closed to pedestrian traffic.

According to Caitlin Frye, Northern Region Information Officer with the DOT, there is more work to be done in the area next summer. “We’re going to be installing permanent bridge rail next year. That was another thing that was delayed by COVID manufacturing delays. Right now, you’ll see, basically, a two-by-four up there as a temporary bridge rail. We’ve also got some work to do on one of the sidewalks on one of the sides of the bridge.”

A permanent traffic signal is expected for the Minnie Street, Third Street and Old Steese intersection sometime this winter.

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