DOT releases SE Transportation Plan, available for public review

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

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

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


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