When the Alaska Department of Transportation tried to sell the Juneau Access project in 2006, the price tag was $252 million. Now the anticipated construction cost has skyrocketed to $574 million.
Not so coincidentally, a new DOT-commissioned study determined the traffic demand in the Lynn Canal corridor has also doubled since 2006. But it’s not a matter of if we build it, more will come to the capital city. Based on the new but seriously flawed analysis, the entire increase in projected highway use is from Juneau residents.