Parnell Administration Changes Ferry Plans

State scales back ferry project

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by Your Alaska Link News Team

KETCHIKAN, Alaska (AP) - The state will scrap plans for a 350-foot ferry in favor of two smaller ships.

Gov. Sean Parnell made the announcement Tuesday in Ketchikan. Parnell says the larger Alaska Class Ferry vessel was to have cost $120 million, but estimates have grown higher, to more than $165 million.

Parnell says he believes two smaller ferries can be built in Ketchikan for the original $120 million estimate. The ships will be about 250-foot to 300-foot.

Acting Department of Transportation Commissioner Pat Kemp says his agency will immediately begin renegotiating contracts.

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