Alaska DOT thanks Association of General Contractors members for post-earthquake infrastructure repair

During an Association of General Contractors meeting in Anchorage, the Alaska Department of Transportation recognized and thanked those who played an important role in repairing the infrastructurethat was damaged by the 7.0 earthquake that shook the south central part of Alaska on Nov. 30, 2018, KTVA reports.

“It’s amazing, first of all, what you can get done when you don’t have to get permits and ask permission, when you’ve got an objective and things that need to be done jumping right in,” said Transportation Commissioner John MacKinnon, according to the news agency. “The Alaskan spirit is just incredible. And we heard word all across the country on ‘How could you fix these things so fast?’ and ‘It was so quick,’ and it was ‘Well, we’re Alaskans.’ That’s how we can do it.”

The quake damaged many roads, including Minnesota Drive’s offramp at International Airport Road in Anchorage and Vine Road in Mat-Su, but repair crews repaired them quickly so they could reopen to traffic.