Traffic Impacts for GLACIER Presidential Visit!

Public Road Closures During GLACIER Conference and Presidential Visit. Please be advised!

Dear Downtown Businesses:

Today, we announced the downtown street and sidewalk closures associated with the GLACIER conference and President’s visit from Monday, August 31 to Wednesday, September 2nd. We have worked over the last month to minimize the impact of the conference and visit on downtown businesses as much as possible. You will see from the press release and map there will be temporary and minimal closures next week.

With over a thousand dignitaries and visitors coming to Anchorage for this conference, this conference and visit will give Anchorage a great opportunity to showcase our wonderful community. I am encouraging our visitors to lighten their wallets during their stay here to support our local economy. This is the first of many international meetings in Anchorage associated with the United States assuming the chair of the Arctic Council for the next two years. It also is a great way to market Anchorage as a business and vacation destination.

While we don’t expect any changes to these closures, you can follow @ancroads on Twitter or check www.ancroads.org for updates.

If you have any additional questions, please call my office at 343-7100.

Thank you,

Ethan

Details of Traffic Closures and Impacts Below

Downtown Traffic Changes During GLACIER Conference and Presidential Visit

ANCHORAGE – Anchorage will host the international GLACIER conference at the Dena’ina Center, bringing over a thousand dignitaries and guests from all over the world. This international conference brings a heightened level of security involving a few street closures downtown for both drivers and pedestrians, specifically surrounding the Dena’ina Center and the Hotel Captain Cook.

These road closures should not impede accessibility to businesses located near the Dena’ina Center. Road Closure and no parking signs will be posted; parking violators will be towed. Because of the road closures and parking restrictions, City Hall will close at 1:00 pm on Monday.

Closures Surrounding Dena’ina Center on Monday, August 31, 2015 from 6:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Drivers in this area of downtown can expect multiple street closures on Monday to include:
F Street – midblock of 6th Ave to 8th Avenue
G Street –midblock of 6th Ave to 9th Avenue (the parking garage located on G street just before 7th avenue will be accessible to the public)
8th Avenue between F and H Streets
7th Avenue between G and F Streets

Pedestrians in this area of downtown can expect multiple street closures on Monday to include:
8th Avenue between F and G Streets
G Street between 7th and 8th Avenues
F Street between 7th and 8th Avenues
The north sidewalk of W 7th Avenue between G and F Streets will be open to pedestrians.

Closures surrounding the Hotel Captain Cook as of 8:00 a.m. on Monday, August 31 through 12:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 2, 2015. (*please note these closures last a few more days than the road closures near the Dena’ina)

Drivers in this area of downtown can expect multiple street closures to include:
4th Avenue between I and K Street
I Street between 4th and 5th Avenues
K Street between 4th and 5th Avenues
Westbound traffic on 5th Avenue between H and K Streets may be down to one lane.

Pedestrians in this area of downtown area can expect multiple street closures to include:
I Street between 4th and 5th Avenues
4th and 5th Avenue between I and K Street, and K Street will have restricted pedestrian access.

This conference also brings the attendance of U.S. President Barack Obama. Law enforcement and security agencies cannot discuss specifics of his travel or public appearance plans; however, motorists should expect short travel delays as the president is escorted throughout Anchorage.

To view the maps of the proposed closures, scroll down or click each link to download for your own use here:

http://www.muni.org/Departments/Mayor/PressReleases/Documents/Denaina_Closures_Web.pdf

http://www.muni.org/Departments/Mayor/PressReleases/Documents/Cook_Closures_Web.pdf

Updates and changes to these maps will be made available as soon as possible at www.anchorageroads.org and on twitter @ANCroads.

For more information, contact Myer Hutchinson at (907) 343-7133.

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