August 01, 2003
File Photo by Dick Kauffman
The IFA master plan includes improvements to the Hollis Terminal, which are now in the final design stage. This $1,000,000 project includes a new terminal building, maintenance facility, and reconfiguring the staging area to accommodate increased vehicle traffic. The new terminal will offer drive-up ticketing and expanded passenger facilities. Another phase of terminal improvements will include a lay-by berth for the second IFA ferry M/V Stikine.
Major upgrading of Prince of Wales Island roads is underway in coordination with the introduction of IFA services. Paving of the highway linking Klawock and Thorne Bay will be completed within a week. Paving of the newly constructed highway from Control Lake to the Coffman Cove turn-off will be completed this summer. Realignment and upgrading of the 21 miles of road between the turn-off and Coffman Cove is being readied for introduction of IFA ferry service between Coffman Cove, Wrangell and Petersburg in 2006. The IFA is currently securing funds for design modifications for the northern route vessel, the M/V Stikine.
The IFA was organized in 1997 by the Prince of Wales Island communities of Craig, Klawock, Thorne Bay and Coffman Cove in a coalition with Wrangell and Petersburg, to provide improved transportation to island communities in southern Southeast Alaska. Dennis Watson was named IFA board chair earlier this month. He has served as mayor of the City of Craig for 14 years, and with numerous professional organizations, boards and commissions supporting the economic well being of Southeast Alaska.
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