JUNEAU — The Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities released for public review Tuesday the Draft Southeast Alaska Transportation Plan.
The document may be found online at http://dot.alaska.gov/sereg/projects/satp.
According to a release from the DOTPF, the Southeast Alaska Transportation Plan identifies regional needs and provides recommendations to improve transportation over the next 20 years. The plan is one of a series of regional transportation plans that are components of the Alaska Long Range Transportation Plan.
Recommended actions in the draft Southeast Alaska Transportation Plan include:
• Maintenance and operation of existing transportation infrastructure and ferry routes.
• Retirement of the three original mainline ferries over the next 20 years, the first retirement upon the delivery of two Alaska Class Ferry day boats by 2017.
• Construction of one or two new mainline ferries, depending on available funding and travel demand.
• Replacement of ferries as they reach the end of their useful service life.
• Completion of the highway to Katzehin and initiation of shuttle ferry service in upper Lynn Canal.
• Construction of a road from Kake to Petersburg and the Wrangell Narrows ferry.
• Design for a highway Sitka to a new ferry terminal at Warm Springs Bay.
• Construction of an airport in Angoon.
The DOTPF announced they are encouraging Alaska residents to review the plan and provide comments. Feedback may be submitted online to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The department will also present the plan at numerous public meetings across Southeast. Meeting dates and times will be announced at a later date and will be posted online at dot.alaska.gov/sereg/projects/satp.