Frank H. Murkowski will soon decide whether Alaska will spend
less of the state’s highway funds on such things as rest stops
and trails and more on the roads themselves.
proposed by Senate Majority Leader Ben Stevens, R-Anchorage, would
force the state to spend no more than 10 percent of its federal
highway money on such amenities, according to information on the
Legislature’s Web site.
Stevens said in a statement that federal laws “mandate that states
expend at least 10 percent of federal Surface Transportation Program
funds on enhancements such as trails and landscaping, Over the
past several years, the state of Alaska has expended amounts well
beyond the minimum requirements for enhancements projects that
could otherwise be applied to roadway construction and improvement
Senate voted 11-7 in favor of the measure March 17. The House
passed the bill by a vote of 26-2 on May 17. It is now awaiting
transmittal to the governor for his signature.
Mark H. Reddig, associate editor
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