State transportation department shore up bank to stop erosion from eating away at Sterling Hwy

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KENAI, Alaska — Crews are piling rock on the bank along a stretch of the Kenai River trying to protect the Sterling Highway from erosion.

The Peninsula Clarion reports (http://is.gd/rvdoOk) this work is being completed just west of Cooper Landing, at Mile 57.

State transportation department spokeswoman Jill Reese says the river has been changing its course lately, causing roadside erosion. Putting down the rock, or riprap, should keep the situation from worsening.

This work should be completed by mid-September, and will cost about $450,000.

The department plans to eventually move the highway along that stretch as a permanent fix, at a cost of about $8 million.


Information from: (Kenai, Alaska) Peninsula Clarion, http://www.peninsulaclarion.com

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