Here’s a conceptual sketch of a proposed new roundabout on Mountain View Drive.
It was one of four ideas presented by local landscape architects during a Tuesday meeting at the Anchorage Community Land Trust.
Earthscape, a small Anchorage firm, is working on the project alongside Kinney Engineering and municipal planners, who identified a roundabout as the best way to handle growing traffic at the intersection of Mountain View Drive and McCarrey Street. The whole proposal is estimated to cost around $3 million and is scheduled for completion in 2016, according to the Municipality of Anchorage.
After hearing comments from Mountain View residents in December, Earthscape landscape architects presented design concepts inspired by Mountain View’s streetscape and ideas of growth and transformation. The outreached arms were influenced by existing art in the neighborhood, said Earthscape principal M. Elise Huggins.
“We couldn’t help but notice that there’s an awful lot of body parts in Mountain View,” she said.
The raised hands design raised some eyebrows: Would it look creepy? Could it be misinterpreted? But everyone agreed the roundabout should feature something colorful and welcoming, and after some discussion the hands design won out. Representatives from the Mountain View Lions Club, ACLT, Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson and the Mountain View Community Council were all part of the conversation.
They agreed the banner should read “Welcome to Mountain View.” The roundabout would also probably feature tall birch trees around the inner circle, Huggins said. Most of the arms would stand more than eight feet tall. The sketch above and model below represent the general concept — Earthscape is still tailoring the final design.
Before the project can go forward, the Municipality must secure a right-of-way from JBER and more than $1.5 million in funding.
What do you think of the roundabout design concept?