Alternate Highway Route Under Consideration Will Make Drivers & Fish Safer
Rep. Chenault thanks U.S. Secretary for action on Sterling Project
Friday, August 25, 2017, Nikiski, Alaska - The announcement to re-examine Sterling Highway Alternative Routes by U.S. Secretary Elaine Chao is good news for wildlife, locals and anyone who travels onto Alaska's beautiful Kenai Peninsula. Representative Mike Chenault (R- Nikiski) fostered legislation HCR7 earlier this year urging this exact outcome.
"I'm thrilled to hear the Federal Highway Administration will now have all the options on the table when it comes to expanding the Sterling Highway. It's of the utmost importance because the area has sensitive habitat plus increasing traffic use," said Rep. Chenault.
The Juneau Creek Alternate, he and others support, would provide multiple benefits to the area. It would protect fish and wildlife by decreasing the possibility of harmful chemicals making their way into the Kenai River. It would also lower construction costs by using road infrastructure already largely in place.
Rep. Chenault said, "I'd like to personally thank U.S. Secretary Chao for her involvement in this critical Alaska project and I look forward to its advancement."
The Sterling Highway MP 45-60 project has been under evaluation for decades. Rep. Chenault hopes to see action soon for the benefit for all Alaskans, wildlife and state visitors.