The Alaska Department of Transportation says it will speed up the environmental study work for a road between Petersburg and Kake, now that the governor has approved the money to build it. The Federal Highway Administration is heading up the EIS process and D-O-T Regional Planning Chief Andy Hughes says the agency is considering several options for the route. However, according to Hughes, the State’s preferred option remains the controversial Northern Route which would start in the roadless community of Kupreanof across from Petersburg. Hughes gave an update on the project to Petersburg’s Transportation Committee and several area residents Tuesday.

Map showing DOT's three primary route options under consideration in the Environmental Impact statement.

Older map showing potential routes from Petersburg to Kake. The Center-South Route mentioned in this news story is labled as the Southern Route in this map.