This Alaska highway was destroyed by the earthquake; 4 days later it was like new – CNN


(CNN) – The Alaska track repair teams are the envy of the continental states of the United States as they quickly worked to repair a highway destroyed by the 7.0 magnitude earthquake registered Friday in the state.

An access ramp that connects the road to the international airport with Minnesota Drive, in Anchorage, collapsed with the earthquake and caused such a big hole that a truck that fell there looks like a toy.

The photos before and after the damaged road, shared on Facebook on Tuesday, show how quickly repairs were made. The remaining pieces are no longer there, the hole has been filled, the road has been paved and the traffic lines have been painted.

All that work took less than four days.

The publication became viral, while people from all over the United States wondered why their cities and states could not repair the holes in their streets.

The Department of Transportation and Public Structures of Alaska said it is complicated to open roads in this period of the year because of the cold, but it is possible.

The authorities inspect the 243 bridges that have been hit by the earthquake, but so far it has found no structural damage.

The federal government released 5 million emergency funds yesterday so that short-term repairs can start as soon as possible.

There is still a lot to do in Alaska. The authorities have identified 50 state infrastructure sites that require repairs.

In the meantime, they asked the citizens of Alaska not to take selfies in the rubble.



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