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Ruedrich: Road Will Help Keep Capital in Juneau

Published On: Nov 05 2013 07:02:01 AM AKST   Updated On: Nov 05 2013 07:41:30 AM AKST
JUNEAU, Alaska -

The former chair of the Alaska Republican Party says a good first step for Juneau to remain Alaska's capital is to build a road.

Randy Ruedrich tells KINY the Juneau Access project would make Juneau less isolated from visitors and allow the city to grow. The plan calls for a road to the Katzehin River, and then cars would be put on ferries to Haines or Skagway to connect to the road network.

Juneau's distance from the state's major population area has been a concern of some lawmakers in the past, and there have been unsuccessful attempts to move the capital to either Anchorage or the Matanuska-Susitna Borough.

Ruedrich says the Mat-Su area will eventually be bigger than Anchorage. When that happens, those lawmakers will decide what happens.