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Kake Access Project # 69607

Kake access

Project Description

The Alaska Department of Transportation & Public Facilities (DOT&PF) proposes to construct a single-lane unpaved road with inter-visible turnouts on northern Kupreanof Island. The Kake Access Road would construct approximately 13.5 miles of new road, incorporate approximately 21.6 miles of existing unpaved road, and construct a new boat launch. The project will begin at the intersection of Goose Lake Road (Forest Service Road 6030) with Forest Service Road 6040 and end at a boat launch accessing Frederick Sound near the mouth of Twelvemile Creek.

Purpose & Need

The purpose of the proposed Kake Access Road project is to provide increased recreational and subsistence opportunities on Kupreanof Island within the U.S. Forest Service Petersburg Ranger District managed lands.

Project Status

The DOT&PF is currently performing design, survey, and environmental studies for the proposed project. Construction is planned to begin in the summer of 2020.

Project Details

The Kake Access project would:

    • Construct 13.5 miles of new, unpaved, single-lane road starting from the beginning of Goose Lake Road
    • Construct inter-visible road turnouts on new road sections
    • Construct bridges where required
    • Construct a boat launch accessing Frederick Sound on the east side of Kupreanof Island

The proposed road would have a design speed of 25 mph. The road would include 2-foot shoulders and turnouts to allow safe passage. The road would terminate with a boat launch and associated parking facilities approximately ½-mile southeast of the mouth of Twelvemile Creek.

The proposed road alignment was identified using data collected from engineering field surveys performed during 2019.

Design and environmental efforts for the current alignment began in 2019. Project permitting is planned for completion in the summer of 2020.