Downtown construction generates interest

    Juneau, Alaska (KINY) The City and Borough of Juneau reported a good turnout for a meeting to discuss downtown street projects.

    The City and Borough of Juneau's Downtown Street Improvement Project meeting had some good discussions Monday night.  Project team members went over the project's history, design elements and construction plans at the Baranof Hotel.

    Project Manager Lori Sowa, said the project includes the installation of a new roadway, new sidewalks, new lighting and drainage improvements.  "The second phase of the downtown improvements will include all of Front street, and portions of North Franklin and Front Street." 

    33 people attended the meeting and had several questions about design and where everything will be.  Some asked whether construction would disrupt pedestrian traffic during a peak time of year for tourism.  "The public provided input on a number of aspects, parking management, construction schedule, sidewalks, curb lines, and garbage can locations," Sowa added, "Plans for this phase will be finalized in the next couple of months and construction is expected for the spring and fall of 2018."

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