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State asks federal Appeals Court to reconsider ruling on Juneau road access project

Posted: June 19, 2011 - 10:24pm

ANCHORAGE — The state of Alaska is appealing a federal court ruling that concluded a plan to extend a road north of Juneau was flawed.

Federal District Court Judge John Sedwick in 2009 ruled that the state failed to adequately consider the use of ferries rather than a road to near Skagway, where ferry shuttles would take passengers and vehicles the rest of the way to Skagway and Haines.

A 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals panel last month agreed with Sedwick.

KINY-AM reports the state is asking the Appeals Court to reconsider.

The state contends that using ferries to serve Lynn Canal between Skagway, Haines and Juneau would have required taking ferry service away from other communities.

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