Story last updated at 3/5/2014 - 2:01 pm
The U.S. Forest Service is seeking public input on three projects to improve popular Juneau-area recreation site. The three proposals - Lena Beach Recreation Area renovation, West Glacier Spur Road area enhancements and Treadwell Ditch Trail Bridge - are intended to improve recreation conditions and safety, the Forest Service wrote in an email.
The Forest Service invites the public to an open house at 5:30 p.m. March 10 at the Juneau Ranger District Office, 8510 Mendenhall Loop Road.
At Lena Beach, the Forest Service proposes paving the road through the recreation area, changing the road to a one-way road, adding parking and adding gates. The district proposes to reconstruct five shelters, replace outhouses and add other amenities.
At West Glacier Spur Road, the Forest Service proposes to add parking, install a gate, build a 0.4-mile trail parallel to the road to separate traffic, construct a spur trail to the lake, install a six-hole vault outhouse to serve heavy summer use, and install signs.
The Treadwell Ditch Trail would be improved by building stream crossing structures such as bridges, culverts, and shallow water fords at 38 crossings. Four-tenths of a mile of trail will be rerouted to avoid difficult or numerous stream crossings.
The projects are expected to break ground next summer.