Public Works gold-stars second crossing, west Douglas road

Plus, hazardous waste collection: open soon three days a week

Development of Douglas Island’s north and west ends tops an Assembly committee's list of preferred Community Improvement Projects.

The City and Borough of Juneau Assembly Public Works and Facilities Committee tapped a long sought and fought project to build a second bridge to Douglas at its northern end, in addition to ongoing efforts to build a road and developments along the west side of the island.

Committee members held fast to their top picks at the committee’s regular meeting Monday.

City Engineering Director Rorie Watt said he does not see that the city would have funding for a second crossing bridge in the near future.

“Though, it is a long-term community goal,” Watt said.

Planning Commission Liaison Dennis Watson said the second crossing project should have exposure on the city’s CIP list.

“Keep it visible and maybe up there in [fiscal year] 2019…,” Watson said. “Keep it as a place marker.”

Assembly member Carlton Smith agreed with Watson, saying that the second crossing is referenced in city plans.

The committee voted to pass the recommendations on to the full Assembly for deliberation.

Trash was also discussed at Monday’s meeting.

Public Works Director Kirk Duncan said the city plans to increase its collection of household hazardous waste to three days a week, 12 months a year.

“Our solid waste coordinators are working on an agreement,” Duncan said. “It’s in the not too distant future.”

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

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