Proposed 2017 Capital Projects

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Project

15th Ave at Sitka St Pedestrian Crossing Improvements

Community Council

Sponsor Agency

Project Management and Engineering

Estimated Cost

$500,000

Funds on hand

$0

Additional funds required

$500,000

Project scope

Construct a pedestrian crossing at the intersection. Study the feasibility of adding a traffic signal.

Project need

There are no pedestrian crossings on 15th Avenue between Medfra Street and Lake Otis Parkway. This project is included in the Anchorage Pedestrian Plan but is not a high priority.

Project status

No work is currently scheduled in the 6-year Capital Improvement Program. The project will remain on the Capital Project Needs List for future funding consideration since it is included in the Anchorage Pedestrian Plan.

Project Comments

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OK, but not our priority - Fairview

Crossing 15th Avenue at Sitka Street is very difficult and dangerous, for cars and especially for pedestrians accessing the bus stop. 15th Avenue is a very busy road and motorists are not on the lookout for pedestrians. You have to wait a long time until both directions of traffic are clear, but even then, you need to cross quickly to get across the 4 lanes. This would be difficult for a person with mobility issues, when the roads are slippery, and when dragging luggage across the road and over the snow berm (as happened to me when I traveled by bus to the airport). Safe access is needed for crossing 15th Avenue from the Eastridge neighborhood.