AMHS, Alaskans Set for Inaugural Gustavus Sailing
(JUNEAU, Alaska) – The Alaska Marine Highway System (AMHS) will make its first sailing to Gustavus Tuesday.
Gustavus, located about 50 miles west of Juneau and adjacent to Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve, was the largest roadless community in Southeast Alaska not connected to the marine highway system.
Construction of a new causeway was completed this month allowing AMHS vessels to safely dock in Gustavus.
“Construction of the causeway was made possible through the collaborative efforts of the city, the U.S. National Park Service and DOT&PF,” said Department of Transportation and Public Facilities Commissioner Leo von Scheben.
The two-lane causeway connects to a 6,000 square-foot dock. A pontoon-supported, tidally-operated transfer bridge and ramp provide roll-on/roll-off access for multiple types of freight and equipment including Alaska Marine Highway vessels, common carrier barge lines, petroleum barges, transport and sightseeing vessels.
“Gustavus citizens are obviously excited about this service as is AMHS,” added Jim Beedle, DOT&PF’s Deputy Commissioner of Marine Operations. “Aurora’s car deck is sold out between Juneau and Gustavus for this sailing.”
The schedule for future sailings to Gustavus is available online at http://www.dot.state.ak.us/amhs/schedules.shtml. Travelers may also contact the AMHS Central Reservations Office by calling (907) 465-3941 or (800) 642-0066.
Posted: November 22, 2010