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.

FILE - In this Friday, Nov. 30, 2018 file photo, workers inspect a road that collapsed during an earthquake in Anchorage, Alaska. The collapsed roadway that became an iconic image of the destructive force of a magnitude 7.0 earthquake and its aftershocks was repaired just days after the quake. The off-ramp connecting Minnesota Drive and Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport reopened Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2018, with shoulder work completed Wednesday. (AP Photo/Mike Dinneen, File)
FILE – In this Friday, Nov. 30, 2018 file photo, workers inspect a road that collapsed during an earthquake in Anchorage, Alaska. The collapsed roadway that became an iconic image of the destructive force of a magnitude 7.0 earthquake and its aftershocks was repaired just days after the quake. The off-ramp connecting Minnesota Drive and Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport reopened Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2018, with shoulder work completed Wednesday. (AP Photo/Mike Dinneen, File)

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

FILE - In this Friday, Nov. 30, 2018 file photo, a vehicle is trapped on a section of road that collapsed during an earthquake in Anchorage, Alaska. The collapsed roadway that became an iconic image of the destructive force of a magnitude 7.0 earthquake and its aftershocks was repaired just days after the quake. The off-ramp connecting Minnesota Drive and a road to Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport reopened Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2018, with shoulder work finished Wednesday. (AP Photo/Dan Joling, File )
FILE – In this Friday, Nov. 30, 2018 file photo, a vehicle is trapped on a section of road that collapsed during an earthquake in Anchorage, Alaska. The collapsed roadway that became an iconic image of the destructive force of a magnitude 7.0 earthquake and its aftershocks was repaired just days after the quake. The off-ramp connecting Minnesota Drive and a road to Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport reopened Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2018, with shoulder work finished Wednesday. (AP Photo/Dan Joling, File )

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

A pickup truck drives up a newly repaired off-ramp of Minnesota Drive on Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018, in Anchorage, Alaska. A massive 7.0 earthquake and its aftershocks rocked buildings and buckled roads Nov. 30, including the ramp that's a route to Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport. Alaska transportation officials made rebuilding the ramp a priority. It reopened Tuesday, Dec. 4, and a crew completed shoulder work Wednesday. (AP Photo/Dan Joling)
A pickup truck drives up a newly repaired off-ramp of Minnesota Drive on Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018, in Anchorage, Alaska. A massive 7.0 earthquake and its aftershocks rocked buildings and buckled roads Nov. 30, including the ramp that’s a route to Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport. Alaska transportation officials made rebuilding the ramp a priority. It reopened Tuesday, Dec. 4, and a crew completed shoulder work Wednesday. (AP Photo/Dan Joling)

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.

Source: The Associated Press

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