Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - The Juneau Access Project is now on the shelf after action by the Federal Highway Administration last week to close the book on the proposal following the decision by Governor Walker to go with the no build option.
Completion of the supplemental environmental impact statement allows the state to avoid repaying federal funds in the amount of more than $30 Million.
What if the project is resurrected in the future? How would the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities proceed? Those questions were put to Aurah Landeau, the Public Information Officer for the department's Southcoast Region, while a guest on Action Line.
The said the depatment would have to go to the Federal Highway Administration and work with that agency to determine the viability of a project. "If a decision was made to go forward, they would review the project to determine how much new information and analysis would be needed."
The goal would be not to duplicate the work done in the initial study.
She said that could take a while.
Lieutenant Governor Byron Mallott said on Action Line recently that the administration rejected the proposal to build a road to the Katzehin River and then use ferries to shuttle travelers from there.
Mallott said if a road link all the way to Skagway was proposed, they would be supportive and , in his words, "all over it."