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DOT&PF Receives FHWA Approval for 2010-2013 STIP

(JUNEAU, Alaska) - The Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities (DOT&PF) received final approval Dec. 11, from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) for the department's proposed 2010-2013 State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP). The STIP is a four-year highway spending plan describing how Alaska will use federal funds to implement the state's long-range transportation plan.

"This is great news from our partners at FHWA for all Alaskans as we continue to improve our transportation infrastructure," stated DOT&PF Commissioner Leo von Scheben.

The projects listed in the STIP range from road widening efforts, bridge replacements and upgrades, road construction, safety projects and pavement rehabilitation.

Additionally there is funding in the STIP for the first Alaska Class Ferry. This project will design and construct an efficient and environmentally responsible vessel to meet the future needs of the Alaska Marine Highway System.

"The projects in the STIP are based on a realistic assessment of federal funds expected to be available to support Alaska's growing transportation needs," said Jeff Ottesen, DOT&PF's director of program development. "While we don't know the exact amount of federal funds available to us, a 2010-2013 STIP must be in place in order for the state to receive any federal transportation funds."

The five year federal legislation funding transportation expired in October and a new funding bill has not passed Congress.

"Currently, Congress is funding transportation on a month-by-month basis," Ottesen said. "That is why we have used realistic assessments."

The searchable STIP is accessible online at: www.dot.state.ak.us/stwdplng/cip_stip/index.shtml.

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