Project Costs, Complications Cited
Long the bane of East side commuters, the infamous Anchorage intersection of Lake Otis and Tudor will be closed, most likely permanently, starting August 1st. City Planning Official, Duke Cunningham said they had little choice. “To be honest, we’ve struggled with how best to handle that f------ traffic there for a long time. One obvious solution never occurred to us: just close it. That will reduce traffic at the intersection.” He made a point, however, of saying the city might reevaluate its decision, but only after everyone has “had a chance to take a breather.”
Westbound drivers are advised to use an alternative route that takes Lake Otis to 53rd Avenue to Tudor Hills Drive then right on Little Tree Street then right on Larkspur St. then left on Mockingbird which connects to the Seward Highway Frontage Road.
Neighborhood Residents React
“I too have been frustrated by the traffic there,” said Larkspur Street resident Justin Brandeis. “I just hope people don’t drive too fast. You know some folks really like to gun it.”
Martha Donohue of Tudortop Circle, however, was more mystified than upset. “What?” she said upon hearing of the drastic measure. “You’re kidding, right? That’s so stupid.”
Cunningham said he wasn’t surprised by some of the negative reactions but was able to offer some consolation: the eastbound lane of Tudor will remain open to pedestrians. “It’s really a lovely area,” he said, “if you just take the time to appreciate it.”
CORRECTION: The above may have contained some misinformation. The intersection will not be closed. The bidding process for constructing new turning lanes and pedestrian islands will begin this summer.