Ferry service repairs to disrupt service to some communities

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) – The state ferry system plans to halt service to several small southeast Alaska communities until work is completed on one of its vessels.

The state transportation department says the LeConte needs costlier work than expected.

The Aurora is scheduled to be brought into dry-dock Monday. It had been scheduled for an annual overhaul.

The department says it can’t afford to fix both and will proceed with repairs on the ferry requiring the least work.

Spokesman Sam Dapcevich says the ferry not repaired would remain laid up.

He says the one that gets work will return to service when the work is done. Meanwhile, the department says there will be no service to Angoon, Tenakee, Pelican and Gustavus. Haines, Skagway and Hoonah will have reduced service.