Road maintenance swap between State and Borough put on hold

The borough Assembly rejected an agreement that would increase borough responsibility for maintaining area roads that were previously maintained by the state.
Based on a 2004 agreement, the state planned to assume responsibility for the maintenance of Seward Meridian Road, and in return the Borough was going to assume responsibility for a number of other area roads. Locally, the Talkeetna Road Service Area, or RSA, would have been required to assume maintenance of Christiansen Lake Road, adding an estimated $8,000 annually to the RSA’s expenses.

Because the Assembly reneged on the agreement, a new agreement between the state and the borough will need to be arrived at. It seems likely that the swap will be redrawn, and state-maintained roads in the road service area containing Seward Meridian would likely be transferred to the Borough’s responsibility.

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