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Driving in Juneau

There are no roads out of Juneau but many places to see within the miles road system. The longest road, Glacier Highway extends 40 miles north of downtown.  The Alaska Marine Highway connects Juneau to Washington State, the northern areas of Alaska and neighboring Southeast communities.  

 

State of Alaska Driver Manual

View Google Map and Get Directions

 


Parking Downtown

Two hours of free on-street parking per day per vehicle is available in downtown Juneau. Instructions on how to get 2 hours of free on-street parking downtown are available here.

There are also two parking facilities located downtown:

  • The Downtown Transportation Center Garage located at 100 Main Street
  • The Marine Parking Garage located at 290 Marine Way below the downtown public library

Parking in both facilities is available on a first-come, first-served basis, and is metered during business hours (8:00am-6:00pm M-F). More information about the downtown parking facilities, including long-term permits, is available from the Department of Parks and Recreation here or by phone (907) 586-5226.

Map of Public Parking Lots

Map of Public Wheel Chair Accessible Parking Spaces


Explanation of Specific Driving Situations around Town

HAWK Beacons

Location(s):

Mendenhall Loop Road at Floyd Dryden Middle School
Near Wal-Mart on Glacier Highway
 

A High-Intensity Activated crossWalK pedestrian hybrid beacon, or HAWK beacon, is a traffic signal that allows pedestrians to cross streets more safely while causing less delay for motorists than standard traffic signals. There are two HAWK beacons in Juneau: oneon Mendenhall Loop Road at Floyd Dryden Middle School and one near Wal-Mart on Glacier Highway.

  • A HAWK beacon remains dark until a pedestrian presses the call button, at which point the traffic signal illuminates a flashing yellow light followed by a solid yellow light, indicating to drivers to slow and stop if possible.
  • Solid red lights appear after the solid yellow light and drivers are required to then stop.
  • Next, the red lights begin flashing and drivers are allowed to proceed if the crosswalk is clear after coming to a complete stop.

More information about how HAWK beacons work is available from the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities here.

 

Roundabouts (map, info from DOT manual)

Location(s):
 
Douglas Highway at the Juneau-Douglas Bridge
Downtown at convergence of Marine Way and Franklin Street
 

Roundabouts are circular intersections designed to make intersections safer and more efficient for drivers, pedestrians and bicyclists. Juneau saw the installation of the first roundabout in Alaska when the one downtown at the convergence of Marine Way and Franklin Street was completed in 2001. The roundabout on Douglas Highway at the Juneau-Douglas Bridge was completed in 2005. When using either roundabout in Juneau, drivers should follow these steps:

  • Slow down as you approach the roundabout, and watch for pedestrians in the crosswalk.
  • Continue toward the roundabout and look to your left as you near the yield sign and dashed yield line at the entrance to the roundabout. Yield to traffic already in the roundabout.
  • Once you see a gap in traffic, enter the circle and proceed to your exit. If there is no traffic in the roundabout, you may enter without yielding.
  • Look for pedestrians and use your turn signal before you exit, and make sure to stay in your lane as you navigate the roundabout. (Source: www.wsdot.wa.gov)

 

Right Turn Only Lanes and Bike Lanes

Location(s):

Glacier Highway at Anka Street in Lemon Creek
(coming soon) Riverside Drive at Mendenhall Mall Road and Vintage Boulevard 

There is one location in Juneau where a bike lane crosses the entrance to a right turn only lane: on Glacier Highway at Anka Street in Lemon Creek. The Department of Transportation and Public Facilities has plans to re-stripe where Riverside Drive intersects Mendenhall Mall Road and Vintage Boulevard.  The design pictured below is the national standard and its use will increase in coming years until all bike lanes are striped this way at intersections.

When entering this right turn only lane, it is the responsibility of motorists to yield to any bicyclists that are proceeding through the intersection.