Plans are moving forward on a proposed north Douglas crossing, a second bridge between Juneau and Douglas, with two public meetings slated for later this month.
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The Juneau Planning Commission heard a presentation Tuesday on the most current prospects for the project, delivered by the Juneau-based consulting company, Sheinberg Associates. It was a preview of what was to be presented at the coming meetings.
Three alternatives are being considered, including those that begin near Vanderbilt Hill Road, Sunny Point and Yandukin Drive "A" Corridor.
Another route, named the Yandukin Drive "B" Corridor, would be constructed as a tunnel under the airport runway and would resurface in an overland route across the active channel. This route is being lumped with the Yandukin Drive "A" alternative.
The second crossing is intended to create better access between Douglas Island and the Mendenhall Valley for city growth.
"I do think it is a correct assumption that in the mid to long term that is where the community is going to have its major growth," said Dale Pernula, community development director.
Two public informational meetings are scheduled for late January. The first meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Jan. 17 in Centennial Hall. The second meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Jan. 30 at the St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Community Church in the Mendenhall Valley.
Meeting topics will include proposed alternatives, employment and population forecasts in Juneau, project costs and possible environmental impacts of the proposed alternatives.
The city also is requesting public comment on the project alternatives be submitted by Feb. 9.
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