Washington, D.C. (KINY) - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Alaska District and the U.S. Department of Transportation signed a Record of Decision Thursday to authorize the environmentally preferred alternative for the 211-mile Ambler Mining District Industrial Access Road.
The Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority first proposed the road in 2015 to facilitate resource development and economic opportunities for Alaska.
Gov. Mike Dunleavy said the project will create an average of 486 jobs during construction and 68 full-time jobs over the life of the road.
U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski said this is a significant move for Alaska's future, "This project will provide the access needed to responsibly develop a number of high-grade mineral deposits, hopefully leading to great production of copper, cobalt, zinc, silver, gold and other metals."
She encouraged AIDEA to engage with local landowners to reach agreements on the necessary rights of way.
Congressman Don Young minerals are critical to items we use every day like computers, batteries, and building materials. "I am grateful to everyone at BLM whose hard work has helped facilitate the federal permitting process, and I will continue working to ensure Alaska's miners have the infrastructure needed to succeed."
U.S. Senator Dan Sullivan said the creation of hundreds of jobs is good news for the Alaskans who live in this region, "The proposed infrastructure and projects have to be done right, with due consideration for preserving the environment and with input from the communities in the area."