VALDEZ, Alaska (AP) — Two weeks after cascades of snow prevented vehicles from getting into this city at the end of the trans-Alaska pipeline, the only road to this Alaskan city has reopened.

Crews finished clearing away the remaining avalanche debris, and there was no damage to Richardson Highway, the Anchorage Daily News reported.

A dozen or so avalanches combined to close the road on Jan. 24, including two that completely covered the highway and about 10 that partially covered it.

Valdez City Manager John Hozey called the blockage the price residents pay to live in "one of the prettiest places in the planet."

Located about 100 miles (160 kilometers) east of Anchorage, Valdez had remained accessible by air and water.


Information from: Anchorage (Alaska) Daily News,