Muni opens new parking lot, closes old one near landfill

Friday, July 27, 2018 - 12:49
  • The new parking lot alongside the Glenn Highway will accommodate up to 30 vehicles, according to a spokesperson for Solid Waste Services. (Star photo by Matt Tunseth)
  • Courtesy Municipality of Anchorage Solid Waste Services
  • ACME Fence Company workers Tony Yerks, right, and Michael Phillips install a no parking sign near the parking lot adjacent to the Anchorage Landfill. The parking lot is being closed to the public after the Municipality of Anchorage built a new one on the opposite side of the Glenn Highway. (Star photo by Matt Tunseth)

An unofficial parking lot popular with Glenn Highway commuters and cyclists is being closed in favor of a new lot across the highway.

According to Municipality of Anchorage Solid Waste Services spokesperson Suzanna Caldwell, the old lot near the entrance to the Anchorage Regional Landfill was a safety hazard.

“There have been numerous near collisions with pedestrians and cars going in and out of the parking area,” Caldwell wrote in a press release. “As a result, Solid Waste Services has identified it as a serious safety concern.”

The new lot was built this month as a joint project between the muni and the Alaska Department of Transportation. The lot can be accessed by vehicles from Hesterberg Road, and cyclists can access the bike path by crossing the Glenn Highway overpass at Eagle River Loop Road. It was opened to the public this week.

The old lot was originally built to access a natural gas line and the public began using it informally, Caldwell wrote. The new lot was open to the public on July 25, the same day workers installed no parking signs at the old lot, which will close for good to the public July 30.

Caldwell said the cost to the municipality for new signs, fencing and a gate at the old lot was about $18,000. The lot was covered in recycled asphalt from the muncipal street maintenance department.

CORRECTION: A previous version of this story misstated Wednesday’s date.

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