HB 183: "An Act directing the identification and delineation of a transportation and utility corridor between Fairbanks and the Seward Peninsula for road, rail, pipeline, and electrical transmission purposes; and providing for an effective date."
00HOUSE BILL NO. 183 01 "An Act directing the identification and delineation of a transportation and utility 02 corridor between Fairbanks and the Seward Peninsula for road, rail, pipeline, and 03 electrical transmission purposes; and providing for an effective date." 04 BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF ALASKA: 05 * Section 1. FAIRBANKS - SEWARD PENINSULA TRANSPORTATION AND 06 UTILITY CORRIDOR. (a) Not later than April 1, 1995, the northern region of the 07 Department of Transportation and Public Facilities shall identify and delineate a proposed 08 transportation and utility corridor between Fairbanks and the western end of the Seward 09 Peninsula. The corridor shall be sufficient to accommodate construction of 10 (1) a road; 11 (2) an extension of the Alaska Railroad; 12 (3) oil, natural gas, or coal slurry pipelines, or any of them; and 13 (4) an electrical transmission line. 14 (b) In performing the work required by (a) of this section,
01 (1) the railroad alignment and identification of a railroad right-of-way of not 02 less than 500 feet shall guide the identification and delineation of the corridor; and 03 (2) the northern region shall consider the following factors: 04 (A) grade and alignment standards that are commensurate with rail and 05 road construction standards; 06 (B) availability of construction materials; 07 (C) safety; 08 (D) service to adjacent communities; 09 (E) significant environmental concerns; 10 (F) use of public land to the maximum degree possible; and 11 (G) minimization of probable construction costs. 12 (c) Within 90 days after receiving a report transmitting the work of the northern 13 region of the department under (a) of this section, the commissioner of transportation and 14 public facilities shall, in conformity with AS 44.62 (Administrative Procedure Act), if 15 necessary, adopt a regulation approving, modifying, or rejecting the proposed corridor. 16 (d) If the commissioner of transportation and public facilities approves or modifies 17 the proposed corridor when presented under (c) of this section, 18 (1) the Department of Natural Resources shall promptly classify, or reclassify, 19 and reserve any state land within the corridor for use as a corridor; and 20 (2) the Department of Transportation and Public Facilities shall 21 (A) exercise its authority under AS 19.05.040 to acquire rights-of-way 22 across land within the corridor that is subject to the state's power of condemnation; 23 and 24 (B) work with federal officials to secure reclassification and withdrawal 25 of federal land in the corridor for reservations and rights-of-way across the federal land 26 for use as a corridor. 27 (e) Notwithstanding AS 19.10.170(b), in the identification and delineation of the 28 corridor under (a) of this section, the northern region of the department 29 (1) shall use aerial surveying methods to the maximum degree possible; 30 (2) except for contracts necessary under (1) of this subsection, may not contract 31 for surveying, mapping, and engineering and design services; the northern region of the
01 Department of Transportation and Public Facilities shall perform all work using personnel 02 employed by that department. 03 (f) The requirements of AS 38.05 (Alaska Land Act) relating to classification and 04 reclassification of land are inapplicable to actions taken under this section. 05 (g) In this section, "corridor" means the transportation and utility corridor required to 06 be identified and delineated by (a) of this section. 07 * Sec. 2. This Act takes effect immediately under AS 01.10.070(c).