Glossed-over Juneau access road options

Posted: Friday, July 17, 2009

In all the opinions proposed on road access up Lynn Canal, there is one possibility that has been glossed over and another not even mentioned, or at least I haven't seen it.

The first is a ferry from Bridget Cove to William Henry Bay, and then a road up the west side of Lynn Canal to Haines. This road was ready to go to bid during the Hammond administration, except for one piece of private land that the state did not buy.

The other option is Red Swanson's idea of more than 20 years ago, which was to take the road to just past the Comet Mine area and have a ferry run from there to the southwest side of the Chilkat Peninsula. The ferry run would be approximately 25 miles long, much shorter than the present ferry voyage.

The upper end of Lynn Canal would be served by small ferries because we would still need service between Haines and Skagway. As for myself, I like Red Swanson's idea.

Albert Shaw


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