“Kotzebue is the shipping hub for the entire Northwest Arctic region. Because of its location, fuel, and freight is required to be lightered from 12 miles out, increasing costs,” said Alaska Department of Transportation & Public Facilities (DOT&PF) Commissioner Ryan Anderson. "This project will construct a road to a new arctic port site location with access to deeper water."
The Alaska Statewide Transportation Infrastructure Plan (STIP) was recently amended to reflect Dunleavy’s funding priorities, to include an additional $23 million to fund the road to Cape Blossom, which will expedite the construction. The project, which is funded through the national bipartisan infrastructure law, also known as the Infrastructure Investment & Jobs Acts (IIJA), is expected to be completed in 2025.
“The road to Cape Blossom is a major step to reducing the cost of living in the Northwest Arctic, and a model for other rural communities,” Dunleavy said. “This road will also be a strategic link for Alaska and increases our ability to respond to changes in an evolving Arctic environment.”
Commissioner Anderson also informed the public about DOT&PF plans to solicit for local governments to apply for ice road funding. “The $2 million set aside for the program will be a first of its kind,” Anderson said.
The Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities oversees 237 airports, nine ferries serving 33 communities, over 5,600 miles of highway, and 839 public facilities throughout the state of Alaska.