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$40 million for a road? Some Kupreanof Island residents want that money for ferries

8-year-old project finally moves ahead

 

January 16, 2020

Photo courtesy of Department of Transportation and Public Facilities

Sections of existing logging roads across Kupreanof Island will be joined together by newly constructed sections spanning from 12-mile beach to Kake. Existing roads are shown in yellow while pink sections represent new construction.

A patchwork of logging roads already exists, and the project would connect those roads to make a 35-mile, single-lane road between Kake and 12-mile Creek north of the city of Kupreanof.

The money was allocated in 2012 by State Sen. Bert Stedman, R-Sitka, as part of a program called "Roads to Resources" meant to help access to natural resources.

"We need to have a transportation system in Southeast," Stedman said in a phone interview. "This road is part of a bigger drive to help stabilize and expand the economy in Southeast."

Stedman also said the road would make maintenance easier on a pr...



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