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Comments sought on Stehekin winter ferry landing plan

Post by Jeff Mayor / The News Tribune on March 3, 2010 at 12:08 pm |
March 3, 2010 12:08 pm

The National Park Service is seeking public input on the Environmental Assessment for the Stehekin winter ferry landing improvement project.

The project will provide universal access at the Stehekin Ferry Landing for all passengers traveling via the commercial ferry system. It is part of more than $2 million dollars in work that has been completed or is planned to improve the accessibility of facilities and services in Stehekin.

“We want people to come and visit Stehekin,” said North Cascades National Park Complex superintendent Chip Jenkins in a news release. “To encourage this, we have invested in new accessible shuttle buses and are currently remodeling the restrooms at the Stehekin Landing Resort to make them accessible.”

The winter improvement project will enhance passenger safety and experience by improving accessibility to and from the ferries. The need for this proposal was first identified in the 1995 General Management Plan for Lake Chelan National Recreation Area.

The preferred alternative would involve installing a fixed ramp walkway along the lakeside edge of the existing boat launch. The walkway’s design would provide a universally accessible route between the commercial passenger ferry and the winter ferry landing during low lake levels typical from October through May. In summer the commercial ferries would bypass the fixed walkway and moor at the normal ferry docking location.

Public comments can also be provided online. Click here to access the EA and instructions for submitting written comments. To receive full consideration, comments must be postmarked (if sent via regular mail) or submitted (if sent online) by April 2.

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