Alaska highway to Valdez set to reopen after avalanche

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APhoto released Wednesday Jan. 29, 2014, by the Alaska Department of Transportation & Public Facilities and made on Jan. 25, 2014, is of snow and ice covering the closed Richardson Highway, near Valdez, Alaska. One of a number of avalanches covered the roadway in the Keystone Canyon, closing the only road access to Valdez, the city at the end of the trans-Alaska pipeline. Alaska authorities said snow 40 feet deep and 1,000 to 1,500 feet long covered the highway. (AP Photo/Alaska DOT&PF)