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State Begins Process to Replace Tustumena
The state of Alaska has started the process of eventually replacing the 49-year-old state ferry Tustumena.
KODIAK- The state of Alaska has started the process of eventually replacing the 49-year-old state ferry Tustumena.
The state is seeking a consultant to design the new ferry, which serves Homer, Seldovia, Kodiak and the Aleutian chain.
Costs to replace the ferry are estimated up to $210 million.
Design for a new ferry to replace the Tustumena has been moved to the top of the transportation department's priority list. But a spokesman says the design is estimated to take about 18 months to make sure everything is right.
Bids will be accepted until Sept. 26, and the state hopes to select a consultant in October.
The current ferry Tustumena has been out of service and in dry dock in Seward since last November for repairs.