(JUNEAU, Alaska) – The governments of Yukon and Alaska are working together to secure funding to improve the Shakwak Project – the section of highway from Haines, Alaska, to Beaver Creek, Yukon. The State of Alaska and the Government of Yukon collaborated on a $25 million (USD) submission to the new United States Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development (BUILD) fund.
Yukon’s Highway and Public Works Minister Richard Mostyn wrote to Alaska Governor Bill Walker in June 2018 about the need to secure money to finish upgrading the Shakwak Project. Work to stabilize and upgrade the road into Alaska is estimated to cost $340 million (CAD).
In July, the Alaska Department of Transportation & Public Facilities Commissioner Marc Luiken and Minister Mostyn collaborated on the application for the BUILD grant, requesting the maximum available amount of $25 million (USD).
Yukon has a long-standing and mutually beneficial relationship with Alaska. Hundreds of thousands of American visitors drive through the territory to and from Alaska each year, supporting the creation of jobs and making a significant contribution to Yukon’s economy.
A decision on the application is expected in December 2018.
"The Shakwak Highway is a major transportation artery for all Yukoners and fosters close relations with our Alaskan neighbours. I am proud to be collaborating with the Alaskan government to secure the necessary funding to upgrade this important piece of our shared infrastructure."
Minister of Highways and Public Works Richard Mostyn
"This grant is a great example of cooperation with our Canadian friends. Thanks to the Yukon government for reaching out to partner on this mutually beneficial project – we’re neighbors. Working together makes things easier."
Alaska Governor Bill Walker
"The Alaska Highway is a lifeline for our state. We are excited about this opportunity to partner with our northern neighbors for mutually beneficial improvements."
Alaska Department of Transportation & Public Facilities Commissioner Marc Luiken
Communications and Public Relations Analyst, Highways and Public Works
Alaska DOT & PF
The Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities oversees 237 airports, 9 ferries serving 35 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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