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Governor Parnell: Maximize Construction in Capital Budget

November 12, 2009, Anchorage, Alaska - Governor Parnell today committed to creating construction jobs across the state by addressing the backlog of deferred maintenance projects for state-owned facilities.

"I will do what it takes to maximize construction opportunities in Alaska to put Alaskans to work," Governor Parnell said. "Deferred maintenance funding is necessary to preserve the state's significant investment in infrastructure and will mean Alaska's construction industry will have jobs it can depend on, each and every year."

Governor Parnell announced that his state capital budget will include $100 million for deferred maintenance projects in each of the next five years. The budget will fund repair and renovation projects throughout Alaska for roads, ferries, airports, university buildings and other public facilities.

The University of Alaska allocation of the $100 million is about $37 million. The university has about 400 buildings statewide with an estimated replacement value of $2.6 billion. Deferred maintenance is necessary to bring the university's facilities into conformance with appropriate building standards, codes and programmatic functions. Critical electrical repairs and other utility upgrades are necessary system-wide. 

The Department of Transportation and Public Facilities has a deferred maintenance backlog of more than $400 million. The governor's deferred maintenance plan applies to all modes of transportation -- highway, aviation and the marine highway -- including budget items such as road surface repairs, guardrails, culverts, bridges, harbors, terminals and vessels.

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