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Rep. Young Secures Funding For Alaska In Transportation Appropriations Bill


Washington, D.C. – Alaskan Congressman Don Young has secured $1.25 million for Alaskan projects in H.R. 5850, the Department of Transportation, and Housing and Urban Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, Fiscal Year 2011.  The bill also sets an obligation limit for the Highway Trust Fund of $45.2 billion for federal-aid highway programs.  As a result, up to $45.2 billion could be obligated from the Highway Trust Fund for the federal-aid highway program, which provides grants to states for road construction and repair.

“The project funding I received was requested by those specific communities and will directly benefit Alaskans,” said Rep. Young.  “This past year I visited Wrangell, and saw first hand the need for road improvements.  During that same time period, I traveled to Ketchikan, and visited the ship yard where the final touches were being put on the M/V Susitna.  This money is going to help Alaskans travel easier and safer and will create new Alaskan jobs.  I am grateful that my colleagues saw the need for funding for all of these projects, and am proud, as always, to be able to assist my Alaskan constituents.”   

Rep. Young secured:
•   $1 million for the ferry landing at Port McKenzie
•   $250,000 for road improvements in Wrangell

Additionally, the following funding will benefit Alaska:
-- $3.5 billion for Airport Improvement Projects
-- $196 million for Essential Air Service
-- $700 million for Native American and Native Alaskan Housing Block Grants
-- $12 million Alaskan National Airspace Interfacility Communications System

The bill also releases funding set-aside in the SAFETEA-LU extension for the following:
-- $5 million from Federal Transit Administration to the Denali Commission
-- $15 million from Federal Transit Administration to Alaska Marine Highway System
-- $15 million from Federal Highway Administration to Denali Commission     transportation projects
-- $10 million from Federal Highway Administration to Alaska Marine Highway System
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