Juneau Access Road SEIS Closed

    Juneau, AK (KINY) - The Juneau Access Road Project Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement was closed as the Federal Highway Administration announced their decision.

    This move finalizes the no-action alternative that was selected by Governor Walker as a response to the fiscal crisis of 2016.

    “Improving Juneau access continues to be a priority for us,” said Governor Bill Walker. “But the practicality of this project - a road extended to a yet-to-be-built ferry terminal through more than 40 avalanche zones, with a history of litigation - that makes it difficult to justify these kinds of expenditures as we focus on a sustainable fiscal future for Alaska.”

    Since 2016, the Alaska Department of Transportation & Public Facilities (DOT&PF) has worked with the FHWA to complete the supplemental environmental impact statement in a manner that allows the state to avoid repaying federal funds spent to date on the project.

    “DOT&PF completed the supplemental environmental impact statement on the Juneau Access project to integrate public comments, finalize analysis of the impacts of alternatives considered, and wrap up our obligations to FHWA on the project,” said DOT&PF Commissioner Marc Luiken.

    Mike Dunleavy, a Republican candidate for Governor, noted his disappointment stating that Juneau Access could be "added to Bill Walker's list of failures".

    “Alaska continues to rank at the bottom of the states in economic performance," he stated in a press release, "We need to get our state moving and we need leadership that will work to create jobs and economic prosperity. Juneau Access is a project which will employ hundreds of Alaskans in the construction phase, and provide lasting economic opportunity.”

    The Juneau Access Project had been in the works to some degree back in 1993, when scoping began.

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