Long days, occasional sunshine, berries and road construction are all staples of Juneau summers — and 2021 has been no different.
Road construction, undertaken by both the Alaska Department of Transportation and Facilities and the City and Borough of Juneau’s Roads Division, has been underway throughout the city throughout the summer, some ending this year, some of them being multi-year projects.
“The downtown paving project has just taken place. We did most of this work at night,” Department of Transportation spokesman Sam Dapcevich said in a phone interview. “The Lemon Creek project takes place over two summers. They focus on the segment from Pioneer Home to Davis Avenue.
The project, slated for completion in 2022, is a two-year project, Dapcevich said, although road crews are completing as much as possible this year.
“This project will conclude the first phase of work in October,” Dapcevich said. “They will go as long as time permits.”
The department is also continuing work on the Douglas Highway, including the Douglas Bridge, Dapcevich said.
“They fixed the bridge and fixed the joints,” Dapcevich said. “This summer’s work will extend just a little past Cordova Street, and next summer it will continue.”
Department employees also carried out a chip seal project for Engineers Cutoff Road and Mendenhall Peninsula Road, a process aimed at extending the life of the roads without excessive work.
“It was performed by DOT maintenance and operations crews throughout the region. It turned out great. It’s pretty impressive how fast it’s going,” Dapcevich said. “It dramatically extends the life of a road without having to dig and repave it.”
The city is also having a productive summer, John Bohan, chief engineer for the city’s capital improvement projects, said in an email. Projects on Albatross Street, Ferndale Street, North Loop Way, Portage Boulevard, Rosedale Street, Second Street and Gold Street are complete, Bohan said.
Projects on Capital Avenue, Delta Drive, Goodwin Avenue, Forrest Lane and Mendenhall Boulevard are also underway. A Crest Street project split between 2021 and 2022 has also yet to begin. There are also route segment fixes planned for a number of locations, Bohan said.
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