There has been talk for decades of a possible second crossing between Juneau and Douglas Island. Now, local and national transportation officials are ready to share their first ideas of potential locations for The passage.
“It’s not on our website yet, but we will have it during our listening sessions,” said Marie Heidemann, project manager for the Alaska Department of Transportation and Facilities. “We have a lot of locations and we are developing selection criteria that we will apply.”
Two listening sessions are scheduled for Saturday. One is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Eaglecrest Ski Area during the Discover Eaglecrest event. The other is from 3-6 p.m. at the Safeway in the Mendenhall Valley.
These listening sessions are part of a transportation study that the City and Borough of Juneau have partnered with the state to work on. The study is just one step on a long road to securing federal funding for a potential project.
With this particular type of study, public participation is meant to guide the decisions of transportation officials at several early stages of concept development. Public meetings and open days began in April, with transportation officials sharing information about traffic and planning for the area as it currently stands, and seeking feedback on why a second crossing might be needed.
They are now ready to share potential locations and get more feedback.
“We’ll take all feedback,” Heidemann said. “And it’s always helpful to hear how people perceive the impacts of moving north, both the benefits and the concerns. For future work on the study, we will analyze different locations. Thus, feedback on which crossing points would be most beneficial to support travel habits would be useful to us. »
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Further meetings will be scheduled over the fall and winter to refine ideas and narrow down options. The study, which is expected to cost up to $2 million, is expected to be completed next spring.