Island roads added to scenic byways

Posted: Friday, June 18, 2010

ANCHORAGE - A road system in southeast Alaska has been designated a state scenic byway.

The Department of Transportation says the Prince of Wales Island road system has been added.

Prince of Wales Island is 200 miles south of Juneau and is accessible from Ketchikan by the Inter-Island Ferry Authority.

The island is 135 miles long and 45 miles wide.

It encompasses 2,577 square miles - just more than Delaware.

About 6,000 people live on the island and communities include Coffman Cove, Thorne Bay, Klawock (kluh-WAHK'), Kasaan (kuh-SAHN'), Craig and Hydaburg.

Transportation Commissioner Leo von Scheben says the designation covers 260 miles of mostly paved road.

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