Since there is a lot of hearsay going around thought I’d try and get valid information from the source. This is a response to an email sent about 30 minutes ago to Chief Communications Officer Roger Wetherell DOT, its not encouraging.
Is the DOT going to open the Whittier tunnel to vehicle traffic this
weekend? Rumor has it there will be limited hours in the morning and
evening, but than some residents in Whittier think DOT will not have a
single lane open for the weekend.
There are a lot of us chomping at the bit, please throw us a bone.
I wish I could throw you a bone with some meat on it. However, a large rock slab at the top of the slide area, originally thought to be stable, has shown significant movement since originally investigated last Monday and Tuesday. This slab movement and the potential for it falling has prompted DOT&PF and its contractor to halt all work at the site until the rock face above the work zone can be stabilized - for the safety of workers. We are expecting recommendations from our geologists by noon today for stabilization of the slope.
The anticipated partial opening of the Whittier Tunnel for tomorrow morning has been postponed until further notice.
Roger Wetherell email@example.com
Chief Communications Officer (907) 465-8994
Office of the Commissioner
Department of Transportation and Public Facilities
State of Alaska
Thanks for the reply Mr.Wetherell.
I’d appreciate it if you’d share the outcome of your geologist’s recommendations when known.
I will post all responses from Mr. Wetherll and any correspondence I receive from other valid sources.