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Project # SFHWY00299 / Federal # 0003259

Juneau Douglas North Crossing PEL Study


What's New!

  • Click here to download the Detailed Alternatives.
  • Level 1 Screening Memo: Click here to view the Level 1 Screening Memo, which details the how Level 1 Screening was applied to the Preliminary Alternatives and the resulting Detailed Alternatives.
  • StoryMap: Click here to view the PEL study background, purpose and need, preliminary alternatives and brief descriptions, screening process, and schedule.
  • Visit the Documents Page to view Baseline Data Maps and Technical Memos, Cross Sections, and Recommended Alternative Criteria Memo, Level 1 Screening Memo, Origin Destination Data Memo, and Bridge Volume Forecast Memo.

PEL Study Overview and Area

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:

  • Congestion during peak periods on the existing Douglas Island Bridge
  • Concerns about safety and emergency response in the event of a bridge closure
  • The potential for residential, commercial, industrial and port development at west Douglas Island

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.

Project Overview and Area Map

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 April 13, 2023, and executed by FHWA and DOT&PF.


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