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SAGA, Alaska DOT&PF sign fourth cooperative agreement
SAGA, Alaska DOT&PF sign fourth cooperative agreement 032711 NEIGHBORS 9 JUNEAU EMPIRE SAGA, Alaska DOT&PF sign fourth cooperative agreement
Sunday, March 27, 2011

Story last updated at 3/26/2011 - 9:44 pm

SAGA, Alaska DOT&PF sign fourth cooperative agreement

SAGA, Alaska DOT&PF sign fourth cooperative agreement

The Southeast Alaska Guidance Association (SAGA) and the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities (DOT&PF) signed their fourth cooperative agreement on March 14.

The groups started a partnership in 1996 to provide the manual labor needed to clear scenic viewsheds, increase sight distances and remove drainage obstructions. SAGA provides AmeriCorps crews through its Serve Alaska Youth Corps and Alaska Service Corps programs, who serve under DOT&PF direction.

The first two years, the crews worked only in Southeast Alaska and after two years expanded to serve all of the state. The crews now work in all three regions, Southeast, Central and Northern from May through October.

SAGA has provided DOT&PF 13,104 service hours annually since 1998, totaling 179,088 service hours in 15 years of partnership; that is the equivalent of 90 full-time year-round employees.

Mike Coffey, Statewide Maintenance and Operations Chief said, “SAGA and the AmeriCorps provide a tremendous service to the department and the State of Alaska by improving our roads; enhancing the beauty and increasing the safety by reducing sight hazards. It saves the state thousands of dollars and provides AmeriCorps with important skill training. It is a win-win proposition.”