Author: Bert Stedman
Road construction teams began the clearing and grubbing work on the right-of-way for the new Shelter Cove road, which will connect Ketchikan’s road system to the U.S. Forest Service road system around George and Carroll inlets.
The two photos show the right-of-way from the ground view and an aerial view from different sections of the 7-mile project.
It’s not often a new road is built in Southeast Alaska. It took a considerable amount of time and effort by former Representative Johansen and myself as Co-Chairman of Senate Finance to acquire the funding. Two separate bills (2008 and 2012) authorizing $29 million in state bonds had to be passed by the legislature and then approved by the voters. My office has also spent many hours encouraging state agencies to make the project a priority and get it designed and out to bid.
This is an exciting project that will allow access to our lands and waters for economic, recreational, and subsistence opportunities.
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