Assembly urges state to complete road study

Posted: Thursday, September 12, 2002

JUNEAU (AP) -- The Juneau Assembly is urging the state to complete a study on building a road to Skagway and linking the capital with the highway system.

The assembly approved a measure Tuesday urging the state to resume work on an environmental impact statement and preferred alternative route study halted by Gov. Tony Knowles. The vote was 5-4.

In January 2000, Knowles stopped $1.5 million in funding to the state Department of Transportation and Public Facilities needed to complete the work. He cited a lack of public support in Haines and Skagway for the project.

Supporters argue building a road would discourage future attempts to move the capital or Legislature and give the rest of the state better access to Juneau. They also cite the support from Republican gubernatorial candidate Frank Murkowski and Democrat candidate Fran Ulmer for the completion of the study.

Murkowski supports building the road while Ulmer says more information is needed before committing to construction.

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