SCS CSHB 183(TRA)(EFD FLD S): "An Act directing the identification and delineation of a transportation and utility corridor between Fairbanks and the Seward Peninsula."

00SENATE CS FOR CS FOR HOUSE BILL NO. 183(TRA)(efd fld S) 01 "An Act directing the identification and delineation of a transportation and utility 02 corridor between Fairbanks and the Seward Peninsula." 03 BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF ALASKA: 04 * Section 1. AS 19.25 is amended by adding a new section to read: 05  Sec. 19.25.123. FAIRBANKS - SEWARD PENINSULA TRANSPORTATION 06 AND UTILITY CORRIDOR. (a) Subject to legislative appropriation, the department 07 shall identify and delineate a proposed transportation and utility corridor between 08 Fairbanks and the western end of the Seward Peninsula. 09  (b) In performing the work required by (a) of this section, 10  (1) the railroad alignment and identification of a railroad right-of-way 11 of not less than 500 feet, together with adjacent sites that can be developed for 12 necessary construction materials, shall guide the identification and delineation of the 13 corridor; 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) impacts on and service to adjacent communities; 06  (E) environmental concerns; 07  (F) use of public land to the maximum degree possible; 08  (G) minimization of probable construction costs; 09  (H) the location of, and the opportunity to obtain access to, 10 identified natural resources that could contribute significantly to the state's 11 economic development; and 12  (I) prior and established traditional uses. 13  (c) Within 90 days after receiving a report transmitting the work of the 14 department under (a) of this section, the commissioner shall, in conformity with 15 AS 44.62 (Administrative Procedure Act), if necessary, adopt a regulation approving, 16 modifying, or rejecting the proposed corridor. 17  (d) If the commissioner approves or modifies the proposed corridor when 18 presented under (c) of this section, 19  (1) the Department of Natural Resources shall promptly classify, or 20 reclassify, and reserve any state land within the corridor and at adjacent sites that can 21 be developed for necessary construction materials for use as a corridor; and 22  (2) the department shall 23  (A) subject to legislative appropriation, exercise its authority 24 under AS 19.05.040 to acquire rights-of-way across land within the corridor 25 that is subject to the state's power of condemnation; and 26  (B) work with federal officials to secure reclassification and 27 withdrawal of federal land in the corridor for reservations and rights-of-way 28 across the federal land for use as a corridor. 29  (e) The requirements of AS 38.05 (Alaska Land Act) relating to classification 30 and reclassification of land are inapplicable to actions taken under this section. 31  (f) To complete the work required by this section, the commissioner may

01 accept any legal gifts and grants and may enter into contracts or other transactions or 02 agreements relating to it with the federal government, an agency or instrumentality of 03 the state, a municipality, or a private organization. 04  (g) In this section, "corridor" means the transportation and utility corridor 05 required to be identified and delineated by (a) of this section. 06 * Sec. 2. AS 19.25.123, added by sec. 1 of this Act, is repealed July 1, 2055.