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Assembly to hear transportation report, look at annexation petition

Posted: October 10, 2011 - 12:05am

The City and Borough of Juneau Assembly Committee of the Whole will be hearing from the state about its Southeast transportation plan on Monday.

The Alaska Department of Transportation & Public Facilities is updating the Southeast Alaska Transportation Plan and is finishing a scoping report. The report has six options for regional road and ferry transportation improvements.

They include maintaining the existing system, managing fleet capacity that matches current and projected demand, maximizing use of existing roads, looking at impacts of discontinuing ferry service between Southeast and Bellingham, Yakutat and Whittier, replacing the three main ferries with 350-foot “Alaska Class” ferries, continue to build Highway Route 7, or do nothing.

Comments are being taken through Nov. 4 at dot.satp@alaska.gov.

The Assembly also will hear a report from City Engineering Director Rorie Watt on the AJ Mine. He will discuss presentation times he’s set up for the public to learn more about the mine and the water study.

The COW meeting starts at 6 p.m. The Assembly will convene in a special session following the work session.

It will receive a status update on Petersburg’s petition filed with the Local Boundary Commission. Petersburg is looking for form a borough, and would drop its status as a city. The City and Borough of Juneau will seek to annex some of those lands — those immediately south of the current borough boundaries — in its own petition and file a response to Petersburg’s request.

For more information on the COW meeting see bit.ly/rib8Ck.

For the Assembly agenda see bit.ly/qcWMRi.

• Contact reporter Sarah Day at 523-2279 or at sarah.day@juneauempire.com.

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