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Comments due on Juneau Access Road EIS
November 25, 2014
JUNEAU – Deadline for comment for the JUNEAU ACCESS IMPROVEMENTS PROJECT DRAFT SUPPLEMENTAL ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT STATEMENT (SEIS). The purpose and need for the Juneau Access Improvements Project is to provide improved transportation to and from Juneau within the Lynn Canal corridor that will reduce travel times, state and user costs, and provide capacity to meet demand and improve opportunity to travel. The Draft SEIS provides a detailed overview of potential surface transportation alternatives between Juneau and the communities of Haines and Skagway. ADOT&PF and the Federal Highway Administration have identified Alternative 2B, known as the East Lynn Canal Highway, as the preferred alternative. This alternative connects the existing Juneau road system at Echo Cove to the Katzehin River Delta approximately 48 miles north. Ferry shuttle service would then be provided between Katzehin, Haines and Skagway. A separate shuttle ferry would also operate between Haines and Skagway during the summer. In 2006, the Federal Highway Administration issued a Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) and Record of Decision for the Juneau Access Improvements Project. A 2009 U.S. District Court decision ruled the FEIS was not valid because it did not consider an alternative that would improve surface transportation in Lynn Canal with existing ferry assets. This ruling was upheld by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in 2011. In September 2011, ADOT&PF announced that it would begin the process with the Federal Highway Administration to complete a Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement for the Juneau Access Improvements project. The Draft SEIS may be found online at juneauaccess.alaska.gov. For more information, contact Deborah Holman at email@example.com. Public comments may be submitted online at juneauaccess.alaska.gov or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or Fax: (907)465-2016.