Important transportation session is this weekend

Posted: Thursday, April 27, 2000

You are invited to take advantage of a unique, fun and engaging opportunity to participate in the formation of a transportation vision for the city this Friday, Saturday and Monday.

The city Transportation Steering Committee (TSC) is sponsoring Dan Burden and his team from Walkable Communities to elicit your comments and vision on transportation needs in Juneau for the next 20 years. The efforts of the transportation vision, designed by the community, will be folded into the ongoing Area Wide Transportation Plan (AWTP). The AWTP will address the current, and future, road and pathway system that connects the airport, harbor, ferry and cruise ship terminal facilities with commercial, school, government, residential and recreational areas.

The vision process will be a forum to address all aspects of the transportation system including safety, accessibility and efficiency. The process will not focus on satellite heliport sites or the road out of Juneau-fast ferry debate. The TSC is working on the production of the AWTP to identify how the community wants to accommodate transportation 20 years from now with a forecasted population growth of 23 percent in 2020 (37,658 people).

The primary area of growth is anticipated to be from Vanderbilt Hill to Auke Bay, with increased potential in West Douglas. The TSC would like to know if the community agrees with increased development in this area of town and how the future transportation system within the borough should look and operate.

If you use our sidewalks, bike paths, harbors, hiking trails, city buses or drive on Egan Drive, Glacier Highway, Mendenhall Loop Road, Riverside Drive, Douglas Highway(s) or the Douglas Bridge then we need your input. The vision and the AWTP has to reflect community values in order for projects to be funded or constructed by local and state governments. We tend to procrastinate in Juneau and become alarmed just before the time a plan or project is set to be implemented.

We all know what we do and do not like about the current transportation system. Please let's get these ideas at the front end of the planning process instead of after the plan is completed.

The opportunities to participate in the community vision process are Friday, 6 to 8:30 p.m. at the Vocational Training and Resource Center (3239 Hospital Drive), and Saturday, 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 5:30 p.m. at Centennial Hall. A final draft of the vision will be presented to the community on Monday, May 1, 6 to 8 p.m. at Centennial Hall.

This weekend is a great opportunity to give back to your community by participating in the transportation vision process.

Ken Koelsch

City Transportation Steering Committee

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