DOT will talk about Fred Meyer intersection at public meeting

In this Dec. 2, 2016 photo, a multi-vehicle accident at the Fred Meyer intersection just as rush hour started. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)

The Alaska Department of Transportation will hold a public meeting next week to discuss one of Juneau’s most dangerous traffic intersections.

 

On Dec. 12, DOT and engineers from Kinney Engineering will talk about ideas to improve the Fred Meyer intersection, formally known as Egan and Yandukin.

The meeting will take place 5-7 p.m. in the Mendenhall Valley Public Library’s meeting room, with the presentation to start at 5:30 p.m.

One year ago, the Empire published an extensive look into the dangers of the intersection. After the Empire published its story, DOT issued a $250,000 contract for engineers to study the site and suggest fixes.

According to statistics kept by the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities, the Fred Meyer intersection was the site of 31 crashes between Jan. 1, 2009 and Dec. 31, 2013, making it the eighth-most crash-prone spot in Juneau. Other intersections had more crashes, but the velocity of crashes at the Fred Meyer intersection was far higher, the Empire found.

Kinney Engineering spent the fall collecting traffic data for Egan Drive between Sunny Point and Mendenhall Loop. According to the website for the project, the public meeting will include an opportunity to meet the engineers working on the project, learn about the effort to improve the intersection, and provide public comment about ideas for the site.


• Contact reporter James Brooks at james.k.brooks@juneauempire.com or call 523-2258.


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