Cameras will monitor vehicles in avalanche zones near Juneau

Michael Penn

JUNEAU -- State transportation officials are taking steps to monitor avalanche zones affecting a road in Juneau.

The Juneau Empire ( reports the Alaska Department of Transportation has begun installing avalanche cameras that will monitor traffic south of downtown Juneau on the road that leads to Thane.

Regional maintenance superintendent Greg Patz says video will be reviewed after avalanches to determine whether cars or pedestrians entered the avalanche zone and didn't come out.

Southeast Region director Al Clough said says cameras will be ready to operate this winter. Equipment and installation will cost $650,000.

Clough says the agency next year will install gates on Thane Road to stop traffic during periods of avalanche danger. The gates will operate like railroad crossing barriers.


Associated Press