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CBJ project to control vehicle, pedestrian free-for-all

Posted: October 8, 2012 - 12:03am

Juneau’s Docks and Harbors has plans to improve the process of getting around while in the cruise terminal area downtown.

City and Borough of Juneau Port Director Carl Uchytil spoke Thursday at the Chamber of Commerce lunch lecture series.

Uchytil said a CBJ construction project that plans to segregate different sized vehicles at the cruise terminal staging area is expected to begin fall of next year. The staging area is located near the Mt. Roberts Tram.

“If you go down to [cruise passenger] docks, right now it is kind of a free-for-all,” Uchytil said.  “We have the big coaches competing with … 18-passenger buses, with privately owned vehicles.”

The idea behind the uplands redo is to separate the vehicle user groups into specific parking and turnaround areas and improve the safety and efficiency of the staging area.

“It is a vast improvement over what we have down there right now,” Uchytil said.

CBJ also plans to adjust pedestrian activity in the cruise terminal uplands staging area.

Currently the crosswalk near the Archie Van Winkle memorial is the most used in the area, Uchytil said.

“If you went down here any time during the summer when there are three ships in town, you will see people crossing, just willy-nilly,” Uchytil said.

The plan is to remove a section of sidewalk on the ocean side of Franklin Street.

“We’re trying to push people to use the sea walk,” Uchytil said. “Pedestrians coming up from South Franklin Street … will have to decide whether to come down to the tram, come down to the vendor sales booths or whether they want to cross the street.”

As part of the first phase of the Cruise Ship Terminal Staging Area project, CBJ is currently contracting a project to deck over the area behind the Mt. Roberts tram that will allow a continuous sea walk from the Franklin Dock to Marine Park.

If CBJ’s 16B cruise ship dock project, which is currently under appeal, breaks ground in 2014 as expected, customs can do away with the yellow security fencing that currently blocks pedestrians from a continuous path along the waterfront boardwalk.

The next Docks and Harbor’s board meeting is scheduled for Oct. 17.

For more information on CBJ docks and harbor projects visit www.juneau.org/harbors/hot_issues.php.

• Contact reporter Russell Stigall at 523-2276 or at russell.stigall@juneauempire.com.

Cruise Terminal Uplands Staging Area Plan

www.juneau.org/harbors/documents/PROPOSEDDEVELOPMENTPLAN_Rev12-15-11_000...

Cruise Ship Terminal Staging Area - Phase I

www.juneau.org/harbors/CSTSA1.php

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