Roger Healy, an Alaska Department of Transportation project manager, wrote that news in an April 10 letter to Ketchikan Gateway Borough Interim Manager Gary Paxton.
...However, Healy and Mark Dalton, a consultant working for the department, urged members of all local governmental bodies not to demand restoration of the discarded option.
said that action could cause bureaucratic delays because state and federal governmental agencies that have permitting and regulatory authority over bridge projects would need to review the project and its estimated costs.
and Dalton appeared before the Ketchikan Economic Development Authority board of directors Thursday and announced their plan to thoroughly evaluate the F-1 alternative.
"In light of the comments we've received," Healy
wrote in his
letter, "the (department) has consented to initiate the process to gain agency concurrence to analyze alternative F-1 as one of the reasonable alternatives in the draft environmental impact statement."Healy
wrote that the department plans to conduct real time simulations of cruise ship traffic in Tongass Narrows to assess the potential affects of each of the several remaining alternative bridge crossings.In addition to the two Pennock crossings, the department is also considering three options in the neighborhood of the Ketchikan International Airport.Healy
told the KEDA
board that the simulations will begin April 29 and that the results will be reported to interested parties in Ketchikan.
The department is beginning the process of writing a draft environmental impact statement.