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STIP amendment: Delay Shelter Cove Road

A resolution opposing a proposed delay in the state’s long-planned Shelter Cove Road project is on the Ketchikan Gateway Borough Assembly’s agenda for Monday.

The borough received word earlier this month of a public comment period for Amendment 5, which would change the Statewide Transportation Improvement Plan. The amendment calls for delaying the engineering and construction phases of the project by at least a year.

The Shelter Cove Road project would result in about 10 miles of new, single-lane, unpaved road and bridges; plus an upgrade to existing logging roads. The new road would connect the main road system in Ketchikan to Shelter Cove in Carroll Inlet, providing increased access for recreation and subsistence, as well as potential new development.

The comment period on the proposed amendment ends April 5th.

Also on Monday, the Assembly will hear a presentation from Alaska Marine Highway System representatives about the planned moorage facility at Ward Cove. Later, the Assembly will consider a resolution transferring $7.5 million in state funds meant for that project from the borough to the ferry system.

An economic development report from John Harrington also is scheduled. He will talk about ideas for promoting heritage tourism in Ketchikan, and how the borough can support the mariculture industry.

The Assembly meeting starts at 5:30 p.m. Monday in Borough Assembly chambers. Public comment will be heard at the start of the meeting.

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