The Alaska Department of Transportation Tuesday told the City and Borough of Juneau Planning Commission its current plans to upgrade the downtown leg of Egan Drive with bike lanes and pedestrian amenities.
While the plan still requires public input, in its draft for it was presented to the City and Borough of Juneau Planning Commission Tuesday night.
From Tenth Street to Main Street along Egan Drive DOT plans to create a transition from the higher-speed vehicle-centered portion of Egan Drive coming into the downtown area to the slower-speed pedestrian-oriented downtown area around Main Street.
Starting at Whittier Street, and leading past Willoughby Avenue to Main Street, DOT would resurface and re-crown the roadway and install 6-foot bike lanes and 8-foot sidewalks on both sides.
At Willoughby Avenue the current speed limit of 30 mph would drop to 20mph. Between Willoughby Avenue and Main Street, Egan Drive would narrow down to one lane at the Main Street light. The single lane is necessary to make room for the bike lane and larger sidewalk.
City Engineering Director Rory Watt said DOT’s Egan Drive project fits with the city’s waterfront plan.
“Taking the streetscape to the next level,” Watt said.
Watt said the city’s proposed Bridge Park with its life-sized bronze whale sculpture will draw lots of foot and vehicular traffic. He said the park would be connected by a sea walk to the cruise visitor area. He said the sea walk would probably be similar to the 16-foot wood plank path used in other sections.
The park and sea walk project is expected to be completed in stages to save money.
“It is not a cheap idea,” Watt said. “We are into millions of dollars.”
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