(Anchorage, Alaska) –The Department of Transportation & Public Facilities (DOT&PF) asked the public to weigh in, via public opinion survey, on the future of transportation in Alaska in light of the federal Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA). Survey results can be viewed at dot.alaska.gov/infrastructureact/results.shtml. This was the first of many upcoming opportunities for the public to engage with DOT&PF on this new funding.
The November survey consisted of four questions and asked the public to share what modes of transportation they use most frequently, what they prioritize, as well as two open-ended questions about where they want to see improvements and their vision for Alaska’s transportation in 20 years. The department received 1,700 responses and over 3,000 comments.
“Hearing from Alaskans is particularly important to the department,” said Ryan Anderson, DOT&PF Commissioner. “Every community and every mode of travel could benefit from an influx of funding, and we want to engage the public in that conversation - what’s going to be the biggest impact and the biggest benefit for their families.”
The infrastructure bill will increase Alaska’s highway transportation funding formulas by approximately 40%, and doubles Alaska’s aviation formula funding program. In addition the bill contains more specific programs that fund bridges, ferries, electrification of highways, and numerous discretionary grant items.
“If you didn’t have a chance to participate in this survey, don’t worry, we will have plenty of additional opportunities for the public to weigh in. It’s important that we all work together to provide the best transportation for Alaska,” said Anderson. Members of the public can be the first to know about the next DOT&PF survey and other Alaska IIJA news by subscribing for text or email updates at https://public.govdelivery.com/accounts/AKDOT/subscriber/new.
DOT&PF has created a webpage for the public to learn more about the Infrastructure Act. Follow dot.alaska.gov/infrastructureact for more information. The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) are expected to issue guidance as to eligibility and grant opportunities to states and local governments in upcoming months.
The Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities oversees 237 airports, 10 ferries serving 35 communities, more than 5,600 miles of highway and 776 public facilities throughout the state of Alaska. The mission of the department is to “Keep Alaska Moving through service and infrastructure.”
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