Local News

State seeks input on road, ferry, trail improvement list

Juneau's Brotherhood Bridge is on a statewide transportation improvement project list with a higher price than before. Photo courtesy Mike Knapp.

Juneau’s Brotherhood Bridge is on a statewide transportation improvement project list with a higher price than before. Photo courtesy Mike Knapp.

A bike path in Saxman, a bridge replacement in Juneau and trail improvements in Sitka are on the list of federally-funded transportation projects for Southeast Alaska.

The state just announced it’s seeking public input into the latest version of the list. Dozens of projects from around the state are also included.

Peter Christensen is the Department of Transportation’s capital improvement program manager.

“STIP is an acronym. It’s S-T-I-P, Statewide Transportation Improvement Program. And it is a federal requirement that we have a list of projects that we intend to work on with federal funds and that the public be able to see that list, comment on it and give us feedback, Christensen said.

The four-year list also includes improving Petersburg’s Nordic Drive, upgrading 6 miles of Kake logging road, and repaving much of Juneau’s Egan Drive.

Christensen said the list is a living document that undergoes frequent change.

“Some projects are able to accelerate and go faster. Some projects might have encountered additional issues in the environmental phase, so they need to be investigated further,” Christensen said.

“We can have trouble purchasing right of way, so the project gets hung up there for a little while. A number of things can happen to slow up a project and a number of things can go right or smoothly to accelerate it,” he added.

For example, the list shows Juneau’s Brotherhood Bridge replacement will cost about $8.5 million more than expected. The total estimate is now $30 million.

Comments are being taken through August 5th.

View the list.

Use an interactive map to find projects in your community.

Visit the state STIP page, to read more about the projects list.

Recent News

Teacher evaluations pit student scores against ‘dream building’?

The Sitka School District will pilot the iObservation teacher evaluation tool next year. Board members wondered if it will change the management model in buildings. "You can not be both an evaluator and a mentor," said incoming superintendent Mary Wegner.
A new, state-mandated evaluation system will hold everyone -- teachers and administrators -- accountable for student performance, beginning next fall. The Sitka School Board Tuesday night (4-15-14) got its first look at web-based software that will follow the progress of teachers over the course of the school year. But how far poor student outcomes can drag down a teacher’s evaluation remains a big question mark. more

Stirring up Support!

Do you remember dry weather of a few years ago that turned grass brown, generated forest fire warnings and spawned giant pollen clouds? Raven Radio was here to document and share those summer days, and with your support we'll continue to share Sitka's stories around town and around the world. It takes a cloud of pollen to make a forest...and it takes you to make a community radio station! more