Palin's 2009 capital budget includes peninsula projects

Posted: Tuesday, December 11, 2007

A host of projects on the Kenai Peninsula were included in Gov. Sarah Palin's proposed 2009 Capital Budget released Monday.

Areawide spending contained funds from the Department of Corrections, including $1.2 million for a Spring Creek Correction Center project and another $85,000 for a project at Wildwood Correctional Center.

The Department of Fish and Game would be the source of $2 million for a boat launch on the lower Kasilof River, about $750,000 of that coming from federal sources.

Another $200,000 would be appropriated through the Department of Natural Resources for a public use study of the Kenai River, while the Department of Transportation and Public Facilities has $2 million for various Kenai Peninsula road projects.

Palin's capital budget also includes funds specific to peninsula House districts.

Here are the projects Palin has included for House District 33 (Kenai-Soldotna):

* Kenai: water transmission main phase II well house, $698,625.

* Soldotna: Funny River phase II, $1,829,177.

* Soldotna State Trooper facility work, $199,880.

Here are the projects for House District 35:

* Homer water treatment plant upgrade, $1,236,000.

* AVTEC Culinary Building work, $5 million

* AVTEC Maritime Safety Training Facility, $3.35 million.

* AVTEC Deferred Maintenance, $5,386,000.

* Alaska Marine Highway Terminal, $200,000.

* Homer East End Road Rehabilitation, $6 million.

Palin's capital budget did not include project specifically listed under House District 34, though some of the areawide projects listed above are in that district.

Hal Spence can be reached at

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