CSHB 183(FIN): "An Act directing the identification and delineation of a transportation and utility corridor between Fairbanks and the Seward Peninsula; and providing for an effective date."
00CS FOR HOUSE BILL NO. 183(FIN) 01 "An Act directing the identification and delineation of a transportation and utility 02 corridor between Fairbanks and the Seward Peninsula; and providing for an 03 effective date." 04 BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF ALASKA: 05 * Section 1. AS 19.25 is amended by adding a new section to read: 06 Sec. 19.25.123. FAIRBANKS - SEWARD PENINSULA TRANSPORTATION 07 AND UTILITY CORRIDOR. (a) Subject to legislative appropriation, the department 08 shall identify and delineate a proposed transportation and utility corridor between 09 Fairbanks and the western end of the Seward Peninsula. 10 (b) In performing the work required by (a) of this section, 11 (1) the railroad alignment and identification of a railroad right-of-way 12 of not less than 500 feet shall guide the identification and delineation of the corridor; 13 and 14 (2) the department shall consider the following factors:
01 (A) grade and alignment standards that are commensurate with 02 rail and road construction standards; 03 (B) availability of construction materials; 04 (C) safety; 05 (D) service to adjacent communities; 06 (E) significant environmental concerns; 07 (F) use of public land to the maximum degree possible; and 08 (G) minimization of probable construction costs. 09 (c) Within 90 days after receiving a report transmitting the work of the 10 department under (a) of this section, the commissioner shall, in conformity with 11 AS 44.62 (Administrative Procedure Act), if necessary, adopt a regulation approving, 12 modifying, or rejecting the proposed corridor. 13 (d) If the commissioner approves or modifies the proposed corridor when 14 presented under (c) of this section, 15 (1) the Department of Natural Resources shall promptly classify, or 16 reclassify, and reserve any state land within the corridor for use as a corridor; and 17 (2) the department shall 18 (A) exercise its authority under AS 19.05.040 to acquire 19 rights-of-way across land within the corridor that is subject to the state's power 20 of condemnation; and 21 (B) work with federal officials to secure reclassification and 22 withdrawal of federal land in the corridor for reservations and rights-of-way 23 across the federal land for use as a corridor. 24 (e) The requirements of AS 38.05 (Alaska Land Act) relating to classification 25 and reclassification of land are inapplicable to actions taken under this section. 26 (f) To complete the work required by this section, the commissioner may 27 accept any legal gifts and grants and may enter into contracts or other transactions or 28 agreements relating to it with the federal government, an agency or instrumentality of 29 the state, a municipality, or a private organization. 30 (g) In this section, "corridor" means the transportation and utility corridor 31 required to be identified and delineated by (a) of this section.