The Municipality of Anchorage (MOA), in partnership with the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities (ADOT&PF), is replacing the 78 year-old Eklutna River Bridge at the Old Glenn Highway in the Eklutna Valley area of Chugiak-Eagle River (See Vicinity Map below), located near the Chugach State Park Thunderbird Falls trailhead. The bridge was closed to vehicle traffic in 2012. The bridge is currently open for pedestrian and bicycle use only. A $14 million state grant was provided to the MOA in 2012 to replace the existing bridge with a new bridge that will accomodate two vehicle lanes and a multi-use trail/pathway.
The bridge replacement process will follow the MOA’s Context Sensitive Solutions (CSS) policy to include community outreach at the planning/concept, design study, design and construction phases. The purpose of this project is to:
- Reestablish mobility and connectivity to residents and area users;
- Provide non-motorized opportunities and recreational access to Chugach State Park;
- Improve emergency response by providing a viable alternate access from the Glenn Highway across Eklutna River;
- Support future land use and development; and
- Reduce maintenance and operations costs to the Chugiak-Birchwood-Eagle River Rural Road Service Area (CBERRRSA).