Alaska's governor proposes more road work

| Wednesday, July 23, 2003

Alaska’s governor wants the state to finance the construction of more roads in the state’s back country, The Anchorage Daily News reported recently.

Projects recently announced by the governor include:

  • A 100-mile road from the Dalton Highway near Atigun Pass to the North Slope village of Nuiqsut.
  • A 260-mile road from the deep-water port of Chignik to the town of King Salmon on the Alaska Peninsula near Bristol Bay.
  • A 20-mile road between the Southwest Alaska villages of Tununak, Toksook Bay and Nightmute.

Even the smallest of the roads could costs tens of millions, the newspaper reported.

Oil revenue, which funds much of the state budget, would fund a good part of the governor’s proposed road work as well.

Alaska, like many other states, is suffering from budget difficulties, a rarity in the oil-rich state. Gov. Frank Murkowski has already vetoed several parts of the state budget.