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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Aug. 10, 2022
Press Release: 22-0035
Contact: Kaitlin Williams, (907) 451-5311, kaitlin.williams@alaska.gov

Governor Dunleavy Announces Cape Blossom Road Fully Funded
Additional Funds Will Expedite Completion of the Road to Arctic Port Site.

(FAIRBANKS, Alaska) – Governor Dunleavy announced from Kotzebue on Monday that funding will be secured to complete the road to Cape Blossom. The additional funding will expedite the completion of the road, which will link Kotzebue to a viable arctic port at Cape Blossom.

“Kotzebue is the shipping hub for the entire Northwest Arctic region. Because of its location, fuel and freight is required to be lightered from 12 miles out, increasing costs,” said Alaska Department of Transportation & Public Facilities (DOT&PF) Commissioner Ryan Anderson. "This project will construct a road to a new arctic port site location with access to deeper water."

The Alaska Statewide Transportation Infrastructure Plan (STIP) was recently amended to reflect Governor Dunleavy’s funding priorities, to include an additional $23 million to fund the road to Cape Blossom, which will expedite the construction. The project, which is funded through the national bipartisan infrastructure law, also known as the Infrastructure Investment & Jobs Acts (IIJA), is expected to be completed in the 2025.

“The road to Cape Blossom is a major step to reducing the cost of living in the Northwest Arctic, and a model for other rural communities,” said Governor Mike Dunleavy. “This road will also be a strategic link for Alaska and increases our ability to respond to changes in an evolving Arctic environment.”

Commissioner Anderson also informed the public about DOT&PF plans to solicit for local governments to apply for ice road funding. “The $2 million dollars set aside for the program will be a first of its kind,” said Commissioner Anderson.

Click to view larger image: Cape Blossom   Click to view larger image: Cape Blossom   Click to view larger image: Governor Dunleavy meets with Mayor Dicki Moto  Click to view larger image: Northwest Arctic Borough community leaders
The road to Cape Blossom will connect Kotzebue to a deep water port.  Governor Dunleavy meets with Northwest Arctic Borough Mayor, Dicki Moto, to sign a memorandum of agreement (MOA) for brush cutting work to be sourced locally in the Northwest Arctic Borough.  Governor Dunleavy (center) and Alaska Department of Transportation & Public Facilities, Commissioner Ryan Anderson (right) meets with Northwest Arctic Borough community leaders to discuss the recent amendment to the Alaska Statewide Transportation Infrastructure Plan (STIP), which fully funds the road from Kotzebue to Cape Blossom.

The Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities oversees 237 airports, 9 ferries serving 33 communities along 3,500 marine miles, over 5,600 miles of highway and 839 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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