What are some of the biggest concerns along Duben Avenue West?
- This section of Duben Avenue has 24 feet of asphalt with no curb, gutter or shoulders. The publically owned right-of-way is typically 66 feet wide.
- The roadway is shared by cars, trash collection trucks, mail trucks, pedestrians, and bicycles.
- It is a designated walking route to school but there are no sidewalks or pathways. Children must walk along the edge of the road.
- The steepest hill near Melody has a grade of 14% and the hill at Patterson is 11%. The steep grade limits how far a driver can see ahead of them and in the winter icy conditions stopping and starting can be difficult.
What are some of the biggest concerns along Duben Avenue East?
- This section of Duben Avenue has 24 feet of asphalt with no curb, gutter or shoulders. The majority of the publically owned right-of-way is only 33 feet wide. That is about half of what is typically needed to accommodate the travel lanes, pedestrian facilities, street lights, and underground utilities.
- There are many potential conflicts with cars backing out of driveways, trash collection trucks, mail trucks, and pedestrians all sharing the roadway.
- It is a designated walking route to school but there are no sidewalks or pathways. Children must walk along the shoulder. Mailboxes along the shoulder often force pedestrians and bicyclist out into the actual travel lanes.
- Many of the structures and houses are very close to the roadway.
- Vehicles on side streets (such as Grand Larry and Zappa) that are trying to turn onto Duben Avenue cannot see around existing structures, fences and vegetation. They must pull into the traffic lanes of Duben Avenue to see if there is on-coming traffic. Accidents at both of these intersections have been reported.
What are the current Municipality of Anchorage standards for Duben Avenue? The Municipality of Anchorage must follow adopted plans, policies, and laws regarding public safety and roadway improvements. Improvements to Duben Avenue must have:
- 2 paved lanes with curb and gutter and 3 1/2 foot paved shoulders along each side
- Storm drain collection system
- At least one pedestrian facility (a sidewalk or pathway)
- Street lighting
- Improved sight distances and grades
Will my private property be impacted? The project team will develop alternatives for roadway corridor improvements with an emphasis on minimizing impacts to private property. Given the challenges along both the East and West ends of this project, some private properties will be impacted. The project team will work closely with property owners to mitigate any impacts.
Will trees be cut-down? Public safety is the number one priority. Some trees within the publically-owned right-of-way will likely be removed. If trees and other plants are located on private property but they are very close the right-of-way, their root systems may also be impacted by construction. Any vegetation that is on private property but damaged by construction will be replaced.
It sounds like the decisions have been made? To a certain extent that is true. There are minimum standards that must be met; however, residents provide valuable insight into the project area and often help us avoid negative impacts. We value your comments and local knowledge of the area. We will present draft alternatives for comments and feedback and will work closely with adjacent property owners on driveways, landscaping, and access.
When will construction begin? The soonest construction could begin is the summer of 2017. A general project timeline can be found on the Project Schedule page.