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For Immediate Release: December 18, 2020

Sen. Micciche Thanks Gov. Dunleavy for Reopening Silvertip Station

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SOLDOTNA – Senator Peter Micciche, R-Soldotna, today thanked Governor Mike Dunleavy for reopening the Silvertip Maintenance Station for the remainder of the 2020/2021 snow season.

The station had serviced the Seward and Sterling Highways until the Department of Transportation (DOT) announced its closure in September 2019.

“Christmas came early for thousands of Alaskan families on the Kenai Peninsula,” said Sen. Micciche. “After engaging with DOT for more than a year, we are thrilled that Governor Dunleavy recognized the wisdom of reopening the station. We look forward to working with his administration on a permanent solution to the issue, and thank him for his decisive action at this critical time. This governor proved that the buck stops with him when it comes to public safety.”

On Thursday, Sen. Micciche sent a letter to Gov. Dunleavy urging him to reverse his administration’s decision to close Silvertip Station. Within 24 hours, Gov. Dunleavy directed DOT to reopen the station with the necessary equipment, personnel, and resources.

“Public safety is and will be the highest priority of my administration,” Gov. Dunleavy wrote in a letter. “A crucial component in that pledge is keeping essential infrastructure, like our highways, in safe working order for the movement of residents, freight, and emergency services.”

In a Facebook post today, Sen. Micciche urged Alaskans to write the governor to thank him for his support and wish him and his family a wonderful holiday season.

For more information, contact Senate Majority Communications Director Daniel McDonald at (907) 465-4066.

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