Alaska Forest Highway Project No. 11-A2. Sitka Highway, Indian River Park Section

A-44362: Dec 1, 1932

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The Department of Agriculture is constructing the Alaska Forest Highway Project No. 11-A2, Sitka Highway, Indian River Park Section. In preparing plans and specifications for this project it was necessary to provide for relocating, in part, and widening the existing road in such manner as will require the removal and resetting of eight power line poles of the Sitka Wharf and Power Company, Inc. of Sitka, Alaska, the transmission lines of which company were erected under a license or permit (Project No. 408, Alaska) issued May 19, 1924, by the Federal Power Commission. The poles of the power company desired to be removed conflict with the revised or widened highway location at certain survey stations that are all on lands belonging to the United States.

The only question presented for decision is understood to be whether the appropriation available for the improvement of the public highway in question is available also to defray the expense of removal and relocation of eight power line poles of the Sitka Wharf and Power Company as located by the company on the public lands involved and which it is stated will interfere with the widening and relocating, in part, of an existing road or highway on such lands of the United States. It must be held on the facts presented that no existing appropriation is available for use in payment of the cost of removal and resetting of the eight power line poles which the Department states obstruct the construction program respecting existing Alaskan Forest Highway Project No. 11-A2.