Mariyan Aleksiev, of Earthmovers, cuts into the pavement at the intersection of Franklin and Front Streets on Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018. A section of Front Street will be closed as remodeling work to replace utilities, pavement, sidewalk and lighting fixtures take place over the next few months. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)

Mariyan Aleksiev, of Earthmovers, cuts into the pavement at the intersection of Franklin and Front Streets on Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018. A section of Front Street will be closed as remodeling work to replace utilities, pavement, sidewalk and lighting fixtures take place over the next few months. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)

Next phase of downtown construction to start

This Wednesday, the fall phase of work on the City and Borough of Juneau’s Downtown Street Improvements Project will begin.

The phase in the multi-year rebuild of downtown will include reconstruction on North Franklin Street from the Front Street intersection to Second Street and will complete the work that started in the last phase within the intersection. CBJ has scheduled this phase’s completion for Oct. 31.

A driving lane will remain open on North Franklin until Sept. 1, though there will be several one-day street closures prior to that to allow for utility crossings. After Sept. 1, North Franklin will be closed to vehicles.

Work within the Front and Franklin intersection will begin in September. Pedestrians will be able to access the area throughout the project and Front Street will remain open.

Project Manager Lori Sowa will hold weekly update meetings at 9 a.m. on Tuesday mornings at Heritage Café within the Baranof Hotel. The first meeting will take place on Tuesday, Aug. 14 at 9 a.m.

Due to construction on Franklin Street, Capital Transit bus service will be discontinued to the Downtown Public Library, Franklin and Front Street, and Fourth Street stops beginning Monday, Aug. 20. No stops will be made on Franklin and Fourth for the duration of this project. Please wait for the bus at the Downtown Transportation Center.

CBJ thanks the public for its continued patience.

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