Construction on Egan Drive between Aurora Harbor and McDonald’s will go on through mid-summer, and lane closures will continue throughout the project. Construction has been shutting down one lane of the expressway’s traffic intermittently for the past few weeks.
The current construction is an extension of work that started last fall: the Egan Illumination Project. The $4.3 million, state-funded improvement will add streetlights to a long, unlighted stretch of Egan. The lights will allow for better driving visibility on dark and stormy nights, Alaska Department of Transportation spokesman Jeremy Woodrow said. If a motorist breaks down or needs to pull off to change a flat, they’ll be visible to other drivers.
“And it’ll help them be able to see what they’re doing,” he said. “It’s definitely a safety improvement.”
Last fall, contractor Ever Electric installed the light pole bases. Right now, workers are running conduit along the street. The last thing they’ll do is put up the light poles and the lights, Woodrow said.
Lane closures will continue throughout construction, he said, although at varying times and on varying sides of the highway.
“It’ll fluctuate and it really depends on the contractor’s schedule,” he said. “It’ll vary depending on where they’re at in the project.”
Ever Electric is trying to work around heavy traffic times, Woodrow said. Workers are trying to keep closures to a minimum in the morning and during rush hour.
It is National Work Zone Awareness Week, Woodrow said. He reminded Juneau drivers to be aware of construction signs and cones around town and to be safe.
“They have a dangerous job working next to people that are going 55 miles per hour,” he said.
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