In this July 21, 2015 photo, the ferry Columbia approaches the Auke Bay terminal in Juneau. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)

In this July 21, 2015 photo, the ferry Columbia approaches the Auke Bay terminal in Juneau. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)

State considers adding additional terminal in Juneau for new ferries

Proposal would ensure day boats can connect city with Haines, Skagway

Alaska is considering adding another terminal to accommodate the short range of a new class of ferries, officials said.

The administration of Republican Gov. Mike Dunleavy may propose a new Juneau terminal 30 miles north of an existing terminal for the new Alaska Class ferries, CoastAlaska reported Friday.

[Southeast marine pilots concerned about maneuverability of megaship]

The terminal proposal is part of a plan to ensure day boats can connect Juneau with Haines and Skagway.

The end of Juneau’s road system at Cascade Point in Berners Bay in May 2006. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)

The end of Juneau’s road system at Cascade Point in Berners Bay in May 2006. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)

The Alaska Class ferry Tazlina is expected to embark upon its maiden voyage next month, but a March 26 Department of Transportation & Public Facilities memo made public Friday says the Tazlina will not be able to make its connections.

“There is insufficient time to conduct a round trip from Auke Bay to Haines and Skagway in less than 12 hours’ time,” wrote Kirk Miller, a transportation department engineer.

[Senators propose way for ferries to run this winter]

The $27 million measure would include a new seasonal terminal farther north at Cascade Point to keep short-run ferries viable.

“With the reduced travel time, there can be double the frequency of trips,” transportation department spokesperson Meadow Bailey wrote in a statement. “The project would result in a shorter ferry run, therefore reducing the cost of operating and reducing crew costs.”

Democratic state Rep. Sara Hannan, whose district includes Haines, Skagway and downtown Juneau, said she had not been briefed on the proposal.


• This is an Associated Press report.


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