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Downtown turnaround brings new traffic rules

New intersection to be finished this week

Posted: Tuesday, May 01, 2001

A new teardrop-shaped traffic turnaround in downtown Juneau brings a new set of traffic rules, according to Rorie Watt of the city's engineering department.

Turnaround rules are the same as in a roundabout. Traffic approaching the turnaround is required to yield. Cars already in the turnaround have the right of way, Watt said.

The project will improve pedestrian crossings, make it easier for cars to leave the Marine Park Parking Garage and give tour buses a quick way to turn around, Watt said. A new kind of asphalt treatment will be used for the crosswalks. The crossings will be textured and imprinted with a red brick pattern to make them more noticeable, he said.

Glacier State Contractors is paving the turnaround and the project should be substantially complete this week. Landscaping details - including trees and flowers - should be in place this month, Watt said.

Construction started in the middle of March with funding from the cruise ship passenger fee. The total cost of the project, including utility work, is about $408,000, he said.

A second phase of the project calls for a multi-use plaza across the street from the parking garage in front of the Red Dog Saloon. The city plans to work on landscaping improvements in late fall or next spring. Parking would remain, but the area could be blocked off for special events, Watt said.

Joanna Markell can be reached at joannam@juneauempire.com.



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