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(ANCHORAGE, Alaska) – The Alaska Department of Transportation & Public Facilities (ADOT&PF) is wrapping up a strong construction season across the state, with infrastructure investments of over $779 million in construction contracts. This total is comprised of 151 projects in 45 communities across the state and includes a mix of highway and airport improvements. The majority of the funding for these projects comes from federal dollars, which have remained at consistent levels in recent years.
These projects created thousands of construction jobs throughout Alaska. According to the Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development, federally funded construction projects have been especially beneficial to the state’s economy during the current recession, which is marked by reduced construction spending by the oil and gas industry and large reductions in state capital spending.
“Each of these projects contributes to a safer and stronger Alaska, two of Governor Walker’s main goals for our state,” said Marc Luiken, ADOT&PF Commissioner. “They all improve safety for the traveling public and provide greater connectivity and mobility for Alaskans, which in turn supports a stronger economy.”
Major projects in construction this year included:
Source: State of Alaska