Fairbanks, Alaska (KINY) A new Congressional funding bill includes funds for a new polar icebreaker, about $655 million.
U.S. Senators Dan Sullivan and Lisa Murkowski both spoke about the ice breaker during speeches to the Alaska legislature this year.
The plan is to fund $740 million to fund six ice cutters in Alaska.
The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports that another $20 million has been budget for materials to build a second ice breaker.
Cutter facilities will be in Kodiak, which will receive $22 million to build facilities, and Seward, who will receive $31 million.