Juneau assembly considers loading-zone ordinance

Posted: Monday, June 09, 2003

JUNEAU (AP) The Juneau Assembly is considering a downtown loading-zone ordinance that could mean a $100 ticket.

The proposed ordinance would establish commercial loading zones from 6 to 11 a.m. for large delivery trucks along the water side of most of South Franklin and Front streets. After 11 a.m., when the streets are more crowded, the areas would turn into regular parking, and unloading by large delivery trucks would be prohibited.

Delivery trucks would be fined $100 for unloading anywhere but regular designated loading areas after 11 a.m. The ordinance also applies to cab drivers, and prohibits them from making ''flag stops'' or picking up passengers anywhere on the state highway, which encompasses lower South Franklin to Thane Road.

''I am really concerned about informing the public that this is a really significant penalty,'' said City Manager Rod Swope.

The new ordinance is a compromise after downtown businesses and cabbies complained an earlier proposal was too restrictive.

The ordinance will be introduced at Monday's Assembly meeting, and will be up for public comment and adoption on June 23.

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