Canyon along highway near Denali Park to be scraped, blasted

    Canyon walls along a highway north of Denali National Park will get scraped and blasted to remove loose rock threatening Alaska drivers.

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Canyon walls along a highway north of Denali National Park will get scraped and blasted to remove loose rock threatening Alaska drivers.

    State Department of Transportation spokeswoman Meadow Bailey says climbing experts with pry bars could start work as early as next week in the Nenana (nee-NA-nah) River Canyon along the Parks Highway.

    The highway is the main route between Anchorage and Fairbanks.

    A three-mile section near the park entrance features canyon walls on one side and a fast-flowing section of the Nenana River on the other.

    It's scenic but hazardous. Bailey says rock routinely bounces past barriers to reach the road.

    A contracting company last year halted road reconstruction work in the canyon.

    The company feared compacting work would create vibrations and loosen rock on the canyon walls.

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