Glacier Highway was once the main high-speed highway between downtown Juneau and the Mendenhall Valley. When Egan Drive was built parallel to Glacier Highway and took over as the main thoroughfare, Glacier Highway began to draw in more local vehicular traffic and local and regional non-motorized use. However, the existing physical characteristics of Glacier Highway continue to yield a main highway feel and are largely incompatible with non-motorized travel.
Kittelson worked with Alaska Department of Transportation & Public Facilities staff to prepare a concept that explores numerous types of treatments for the corridor. The team conducted a holistic evaluation of the corridor, as well as assessed treatments that create an environment to match the current functionality of Glacier Highway. Assessments of speed reduction treatments, access management treatments, and transit treatments were explored in conjunction with a wide variety of pedestrian and bicycle treatments.
A Chilly Paradise for Cyclists and Walkers: Glacier Highway
The recommended concept was developed in cooperation with the citizens of Juneau. This led into preliminary and final design stages during which additional detail was developed in order to prepare a design package that is ready for construction.