The City and Borough of Juneau has partnered with Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities (DOT&PF) to study a possible transportation corridor to connect Juneau with the north end of Douglas Island. A connection has been studied since the 1980s but has not progressed beyond identification and recommendation of preliminary alternative alignments. The previous studies highlighted several reasons for a north crossing:
DOT&PF has chosen the Planning and Environmental Linkages (PEL) process to identify and evaluate a purpose and need for connecting Juneau with Douglas Island. The PEL process will provide opportunities for public input and involvement. The analyses conducted may be incorporated into a future National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) process.
The study area considers potential crossing locations between Douglas Island and mainland Juneau in the channel area north of the existing Douglas Island Bridge.
The environmental review, consultation, and other actions required by applicable Federal environmental laws for this project are being, or have been, carried out by DOT&PF pursuant to 23 U.S.C. 327 and a Memorandum of Understanding dated November 3, 2017 and executed by FHWA and DOT&PF.
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