Lemon Creek intersection gets new traffic light

Posted: Thursday, January 17, 2002

Workers have been installing traffic signals this week in the Lemon Creek area at the intersection of Glacier Highway and Anka Street, the road leading to Costco.

Rick Purves, a traffic and safety engineer with the state Department of Transportation, said the department anticipates starting operation of the signals Jan. 28, though that date is subject to change.

The signals, being installed by Chatham Electric of Juneau, are in response to increased traffic entering and exiting Anka Street to Glacier Highway. Purves said they should alleviate safety concerns and the difficulties drivers had making left turns at the intersection.

Installation of the traffic signals was postponed earlier this winter due to weather, but the warmer temperatures and snowmelt allowed work to resume.

Purves said the weather and other factors will determine when installation begins for other planned traffic signals on Glacier Highway near Nugget Mall and the Juneau Airport.

"Once winter went away, they started working again (on the signals)," he said. "If winter comes back and snow piles up again, it makes it impossible to work on them."

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