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Citing finances, Walker halts work on Juneau road extension


ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) – A project to improve access to Alaska’s capital has come to a stop.

Citing the state’s multi-billion dollar fiscal crisis, Gov. Bill Walker announced Thursday he has decided not to build a 50-mile road extension north from Juneau.

Juneau is accessible only by water or air. The Juneau Access Project would have lowered costs and sharply reduced time spent on ferries for drivers trying to reach Skagway or Haines and a connection to the North American road system.

Walker in a prepared statement acknowledged many would be disappointed with the decision.

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