Murkowski announces over $57 million in additional infrastructure funding for Alaska communities

    Anchorage, Alaska (KINY) - The Federal Transit Administration and the U.S Department of Transportation is awarding over $57.1 million in grants for infrastructure developments across Alaska.

    U.S Senator Lisa Murkowski made the announcement on Saturday.

    The grants are for road construction, dock and service center construction, cleaner buses and electric buses, and bus facilities.

    The awards are being made under the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act of 2021 and will benefit Gulkana Village Council, City and Borough of Juneau, Metlakatla Indian Community, Ketchikan Gateway Borough, Fairbanks North Star Borough, City and Borough of Sitka, Bristol Bay Native Association, and Qawalangin Tribe of Unalaska.

    The City and Borough of Juneau will receive over $2.2 million for Capital Transit for maintenance facility rehabilitation and security modernization.

    The City and Borough of Sitka will receive over $7.8 million to fund the design and construction of Sitka's Marine Service Center.

    Sitka Mayor Steven Eisenbeisz thanked Senator Murkowski for her support of Sitka's working waterfront and her assistance with their raise grant application that ensures the operation of community cold storage for commercial fishermen.

    The Ketchikan Gateway Borough was awarded over $4 million to support the use of hydropower and transition to electric buses.

    The Ketchikan Borough Mayor, Rodney Dial, expressed his excitement to use their FTA grant.

    "This, combined with our renewable hydropower, will allow our transit department to provide quiet, exhaust-free public transportation for years to come. A win for the environment and our community. Our heartfelt appreciation to Senator Murkowski for her efforts in securing this grant for the community" said Ketchikan Borough Mayor Rodney Dial.

    Metlakatla Indian Community will receive $402,257 towards battery electric bus service to the Metlakatla Municipal Building and Annette Islands ferry terminal.

    Metlakatla Indian Community Mayor Albert Smith gave a statement in regards to the funding.

    "Metlakatla Indian Community would like to thank the Federal Transit Authority for awarding our project the Metlakatla Municipal Building-Annette Islands Ferry Terminal Battery Electric Bus Service in the amount of $402,257. This grant is part of our overall strategy to reduce transportation costs and reduce air pollution in Southeast Alaska. The goal is to eliminate unnecessary automobile trips and reduce auto emissions significantly. It will provide transport services to the community and supplement our elder transport services and those without adequate transportation. In addition, it will provide energy storage for our micro-grid when it is not in use reducing the cost of transportation and energy for the Metlakatla Indian Community. We again thank Senator Murkowski and the federal government for this funding," said Metlakatla Indian Community Mayor Albert Smith.

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