Researchers address need for bridges in remote Alaska as climate warms

Researchers address need for bridges in remote Alaska as climate warms

Icy river

View from the Wood River Bridge near Aleknagic, Alaska. Built in 2015, the bridge connects the two sides of a community. Until then, the north shore, where the school as well as city and tribal government offices are located, was accessible only via boat in the summer or snow machine in the winter. Bridges are increasingly important in rural Alaska as climate change is causing rivers to freeze later, thaw earlier and form thinner ice, making them dangerous to cross.

IMAGE: Guangqing Chi, Penn State