Chiniak Highway Ranks High on STIP List

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Three Kodiak transportation projects made the Statewide Transportation Improvement Program list despite being in a competitive pool of more than 50 projects from around the state.

Bud Cassidy is the community development director for the borough and said projects that make the STIP list are typically funded on a priority basis.

Representative Alan Austerman said making the STIP list is a good sign, but there are still variables that could keep projects from getting funding.

Of the three Kodiak projects getting funded, Cassidy said improvements to Chiniak Highway are high on the state priority list.

Number two on the statewide list is the creation of a bike path on Rezanof Drive.

Relocating the ferry terminal also made the list, but Cassidy said Kodiak has been working on that for some time and it is not ranked as high as the other two projects.

Joselyn Biloon is the STIP area planner for Kodiak and Kenai and said she was impressed by how many Kodiak projects made the list, but recognized nothing is a done deal.

Even then, Biloon said the STIP list must be passed by the legislature and from there projects will be funded based on their ranking.

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