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Final capital budget boosts region’s projects

Southeast representatives added dozens of projects worth about $13.5 million to the capital budgetbefore it passed the House. They were included in the final public-works funding list passed by the Legislature before it adjourned.

One large project is the Lynn Canal Highway, slated to run north out of Juneau. It got $10 million toward construction from the capital budget and other sources.

Another is Ketchikan’s Medical Center addition, which picked up $5 million on top of $10 million already included by the state Senate.

Southeast’s four House members also added smaller community grants, most helping local government, social-service or similar groups.

Those ranged from $150,000 for Hydaburg teacher housing to $80,000 for Pelican fuel dock and float repairs.

The budget also includes $200,000 for manhole covers and sewer line repairs in Thorne Bay. Wrangell Representative Peggy Wilson says the lines can’t handle heavy storms.

“That system was so bad that when they have a lot going on it actually comes up through the manholes. And the manhole lids get floated away,” Wilson says.

Read a report on the Senate’s capital budget.

The governor can veto projects in the capital budget.

The House did not restore some funding cuts made by the Senate. For example, close to $1.5 million for two Sitka water and sewer projects remained out of the budget.

The House also cut some items the Senate included. An example is $2 million for repairs to Juneau’s State Office Building parking garage.

Read the final budget document.

Here’s a few other small projects added by the House:

  • Juneau Filipino Community building repair and maintenance, at $80,000.
  • Juneau’s Haven House transitional program for women released from prison, $50,000.
  • Hollis Volunteer Fire Department Emergency Radio Equipment, at about $16,000.
  • Port Protection boardwalk repairs and maintenance, at $18,000.
  • $200,000 toward Saxman’s Mahoney Lake hydroelectric project.
  • $500,000 for improvements to Southern Southeast Regional Aquaculture Association facilities.

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