JUNEAU (AP) State transportation officials plan to construct a dock at Auke Bay to accommodate the new fast ferry Fairweather, set to begin operation in May 2004.
The Fairweather was originally designated to run between Juneau and Sitka. But the Murkowski administration is considering using it in Lynn Canal between Juneau, Haines and Skagway where residents have complained of inadequate ferry service.
A decision on where to homeport the vessel is expected within a week, said George Capacci, general manager for the Alaska Marine Highway System.
The state Department of Transportation and Public Facilities plans to ask the Juneau Planning Commission for a conditional use permit to begin construction. The new dock will be located next to the existing ferry terminal.
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