ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A collapsed highway off-ramp in Alaska's largest city that became an iconic image of the destructive force of a magnitude 7.0 earthquake has been rebuilt and opened.

Alaska Department of Transportation spokeswoman Shannon McCarthy says the ramp to Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport reopened early Tuesday, less than four days after the quake.

The ramp is one of eight damaged sites designated a highest priority for repairs.

McCarthy says federal and state declarations of an emergency allowed state highway officials to contact contractors soon after the ground stopped shaking.

Contractors immediately fired up asphalt plants, which have been idle since late October.

A car heading to the airport was on the ramp when it collapsed. No one inside the vehicle was injured.

Copyright 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Welcome to the discussion.

Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
PLEASE TURN OFF YOUR CAPS LOCK.
Don't Threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated.
Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article.

PLEASE BE ADVISED: Soon we will no longer integrate with Facebook for story comments. The commenting option is not going away, however, readers will need to register for a FREE site account to continue sharing their thoughts and feedback on stories. If you already have an account (i.e. current subscribers, posting in obituary guestbooks, for submitting community events), you may use that login, otherwise, you will be prompted to create a new account.

Load comments