Highway, river issues top Cooper Landing meeting agenda

Posted: Tuesday, October 30, 2001

The Sterling Highway snakes along the banks of Kenai Lake and the upper Kenai River in the Cooper Landing area. Whether that proximity is good for either motorists or the river has been a topic of concern for years.

The Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities is considering options for moving the highway uphill and away from the waterway. The change would be part of a planned upgrade for highway Mileposts 45 to 60.

The department has been discussing plans with residents of Cooper Landing and others in the region in a series of scoping and public information meetings.

One such meeting, scheduled long ago, will be today.

The Stakeholder Sounding Board for the Sterling Highway MP 45-60 Supplemental Draft Environmental Impact Statement will meet from 7 to 9:30 p.m. at the Cooper Landing Community Center on Bean Creek Road. Informational displays will be available from 6 to 7 p.m.

Related issues concern traffic, Cooper Landing roadside businesses and the effects of a possible new road route on wilderness, bears and the popular Juneau Creek Falls.

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