DOT Hosts Meeting To Discuss Dangerous Intersection in Juneau

Juneau, AK (KINY)-There was a good turn out, dozens of people came to the Juneau Valley Library to discuss how to make the Egan Drive, Fred Meyer intersection safer. That intersection does not have most of Juneau's collisions, but when a wreck does happen, there tends to be serious injuries because of the speeds involved. Kris Sell was at the Department of Transportation hosted meeting.

There was a good turn out, dozens of people came to the Juneau Valley Library to discuss how to make the Egan Drive, Fred Meyer intersection safer.  That intersection does not have most of Juneau's collisions, but when a wreck does happen, there tends to be serious injuries because of the speeds involved.  Kris Sell was at the Department of Transportation hosted meeting.

Greg Lockwood is the project manager for DOT who is working with proposals for the intersection.  He explains why the injury rate for collisions there is so high.  He says most intersections tend to have rear-ending collisions but this intersection has the characteristic of those turning left are turning into traffic that is going highway speeds.

Jeanne Bowie is with Kinney Engineering, an Anchorage based firm with an office in Juneau.  She is a consultant who was hired to study the intersection and make recommendations.  She says most intersections she has studied with similar traffic flow have traffic signals.  Also,the only traffic that stops are the people turning left.

The three proposals are first, putting a traffic signal at the intersection.  This is estimated to be the cheapest fix.  The second proposal is to make the intersection a traditional four-way intersection.  This is proposal is in the middle area, financially.  The third and most expensive plan is build on and off ramps for those making turns so that Egan traffic travels unimpeded through the area.

You can view the proposals in detail, and provide comments by going to the DOT website, www.dot.alaska.gov.  

 

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