Planning Commission says industrial park needs traffic lights

Posted: Wednesday, February 09, 2005

If an industrial park is developed at the longtime home of Juneau Ready Mix in the Lemon Creek area, city planning commissioners want to see more traffic signals going up on Glacier Highway.

Juneau Planning Commission members on Tuesday postponed action on preliminary plans for the industrial subdivision to make it clear they want traffic signals at its entrance and at Davis Avenue.

The plan calls for about 25 acres to be divided into 14 lots. All of the lots would have access to a new road. City planner Nathan Bishop told commissioners that if the road isn't signaled, left turns could be prohibited.

"I'm very much in favor of this project," said Commissioner Marshal Kendziorek, who suggested tabling the matter. "But we've got to deal with this traffic thing."

He agreed with other commissioners that synchronized lights on Glacier ultimately will be needed.

Property owner Scott Lafavour said he has been looking to develop the property with businesses, such as industrial storage and seafood processing, for two years. Plans were delayed when The Home Depot looked at the property for a possible store. The national retailer has since set its sights on another Lemon Creek property.

Lafavour said restricting left turns would not be a good solution to the highway's traffic problem, but signals could take two years to put up. He said he has tenants interested in going into the development this year.

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