It happens like clockwork, though it’s not tied to a specific date. The arrival of fall in Juneau is usually marked by drivers still stuck in summer driving mode – caught off-guard by icy road conditions.
Juneau Police Officer Chris Gifford says there were as many as half a dozen accidents around town during this morning’s slippery commute.
“The Lena [Point] area there was three different accidents all right in a little stretch of road. So that area had three accidents and the Norway Point area had two,” says Gifford.
One driver was taken to Bartlett Regional Hospital for treatment of minor injuries. His 1990 Toyota 4-Runner was heavily damaged after it left the roadway on Glacier Highway near Lena Loop Road. Twenty-nine-year old Matthew Armstrong was cited for careless driving.
Gifford has some winter driving tips for motorists: “Give yourself extra time to get to your destination, put extra distance between yourself and the vehicle in front of you. And make sure your windshield and other windows are clear before getting into your car to drive.”
Low temperatures are supposed to dip into the 20s tonight (Wednesday) and Thursday, with highs in the 30s. There’s a chance of the first snow at sea level this season on Friday, though warmer temperatures are expected over the weekend.
- “Part of this funding is set aside to address the needs that the president saw firsthand when he visited coastal communities in Alaska that are seeing their homelands eroding into the ocean at a rapid pace," said Deputy Interior Secretary Mike Connor.
- Gastineau Humane Society called the dog aggressive and not a viable candidate for adoption. The Juneau couple wishes they’d been notified before the dog was put down.
- Dan Henry, also operator of the Skagway Fish Co., said he would make a decision about his future with the Skagway Borough Assembly after he returns home.
- Musher Seth Barnes said early Monday that the last 100 miles of trail coming north to Circle "literally was perfect ... definitely the best trail I’ve been on all year.” His dogs had trained on gravel most of the winter.