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5/29/2014
Capital dollars

Ketchikan welcomes the $12 million in capital project funds signed off on this week by the governor.

About $8 million of that comes from federal coffers, but still it had to receive the approval of Gov. Sean Parnell.

The two federally funded projects include paving from Herring Cove to the end of South Tongass Highway and widening from Deermount Street to Saxman along Tongass Highway.

The Herring Cove paving is pegged at $7.5 million, while the widening project will receive $1 million.

From the state, Ketchikan can count on $2.2 million in deferred maintenance at Ketchikan Pioneers Home and $1.1 million for Ketchikan Shipyard.

Ketchikan Gateway Borough will receive $620,000 for its biomass heating project, and deferred maintenance to the tune of $132,350 will be completed at the Ketchikan Regional Youth Facility and $15,133 at the Public Health Center.

The Southeast Alaska Power Agency will receive state funds totaling $3.3 million for the expansion of the Swan Lake reservoir.

Metlakatla, Wrangell, Craig, Klawock and Hydaburg also are included in nearly $30 million for the southern Southeast region.

The Hydaburg area will realize the largest chunk — $10 million — for resurfacing the Hydaburg Road.

While Ketchikan and the region had an extensive list of projects seeking funding, it appreciates what the state has agreed to fund.

The funding investment will advance Ketchikan, its industry and its energy, while maintaining places that serve its elderly and youth.

All of this is an investment for the future.