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The Juneau Planning Commission has approved plans to create a city-owned rock quarry on Fish Creek Road, also known as Eaglecrest Road. It also OK'd plans for a new bus turnaround near Marine Park.
Blasting at the quarry could begin as early as this summer for use on the Douglas Boat Harbor expansion if a contractor wants the rock, said Tim Maguire, a city planner.
Rock from the 7.8-acre quarry also will be used for other city projects such as roads and fill for softball fields.
The approval came with a long list of conditions including not operating when the ski area is open, limited hauling and blasting hours, a berm to hide the roadside quarry and cleaning up rock spillage once a week.
Some concerns about the project, including how much people use the road for mountain biking, running and other recreation, didn't come to light until the city received written public comment.
"We didn't really have an idea of that usage until then," Maguire said.
One of the main considerations for the Eaglecrest operators was possible damage to the recently chip-sealed road. It is scheduled to be paved this year but was delayed until the 2002 construction season, said Bob Clasby, president of Eaglecrest's board of directors.
A condition of the permit is road repair. That and other conditions satisfied Eaglecrest, Clasby told the commission.
The quarry will be in use only when the city has a project that needs rock, and then only if a contractor wants to use it, Maguire said.
"It won't be used all the time," he said.
The quarry is on the upper part of the road a few hundred yards from the north end of the ski area's parking lot. The quarry's permit expires in 10 years.
The planning commission on Tuesday also approved the redesign of the intersection of Marine Way and South Franklin Street.
The new design allows tourist buses to turn around there instead of traveling down South Franklin and turning around at the congested old ferry terminal dock, said Heather Marlow of the city's Community Development Department.
The project, estimated by Marlow to cost in the neighborhood of $500,000, could begin as early as March. It is out for bid now, she said.
The new intersection would move the traffic island in front of the Red Dog Saloon further down South Franklin, create an island where buses would turn around and divert pedestrian traffic to either end of the intersection instead of crossing directly in front of the Marine Park parking garage's entrance.
The new intersection comes at a cost though. In an area where summer parking is at a premium, six spaces will be lost.
Mike Hinman can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.