Washington, D.C. (KINY) – Two years ago, the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA), was signed into law, and over $6 billion and counting has been announced for Alaska’s infrastructure.
Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) took a role in writing, negotiating, and shepherding the bipartisan infrastructure bill into law. These efforts have led to announcements to the state totaling $6.39 billion in investments to the state’s road, bridges, broadband, water and wastewater, energy, airport, ferry, and port infrastructure. Alaskans are receiving the highest funding per capita of infrastructure funding in the nation, at about $8,700 per person.
“The bipartisan infrastructure law was one of the most consequential legislative efforts I’ve worked on in the U.S. Senate, and I am proud to have played a leading role on something that brings such significant benefits to Alaska,” said Senator Lisa Murkowski. “Communities across the state, in every region, will see benefits to their core infrastructure. This bill provides investments that enhance transportation abilities—from supporting the Alaska Marine Highway System, to fixing runways at airports. It supports broadband connections for rural communities so hospitals and schools have better access to high-speed internet. And it works to provide access to clean drinking water for rural communities who have lacked access. I’ll continue pushing for Alaskans to apply for grant opportunities, and implement this historic funding so Alaskans can fully reap the benefits of this transformative law.”
Notable Infrastructure Announcements for Alaska:
- Broadband: $1 Billion Broadband Equity, Access and Deployment (BEAD) announcement to build out Alaska’s broadband and connect communities to high speed internet.
- Ferries: $285 million for the Alaska Marine Highway System to improve the reliability and service of the system while supporting vessel acquisitions and shore side infrastructure.
- Ports: $72 million for critical maritime infrastructure in seven coastal communities in Alaska.
- Electrical Grid Resilience: $206.5 million to fund an Anchorage-Kenai subsea cable, and battery storage throughout the Alaska Railbelt.