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The Big Issue


Let’s just call November the big issue month. The magazine is once again a big issue and it is packed with articles about a number of big issues—many concerning energy and resource development. You’ll have to read them all.

Another big issue for November is the general election. I won’t even try to tell you how many big issues are connected to that, although there is one item on the ballot I’d like share more information about and that is “Bonding Proposition A: State General Obligation Transportation Project Bonds.”

When you go vote on Tuesday, Nov. 6—and you must go vote on Tuesday, Nov. 6—the only thing you’ll see about it is this:

Bonding Proposition A

Shall the State of Alaska issue its general obligation bonds in
the principal amount of not more than $453,499,200 for the
purpose of paying the cost of state transportation projects

What you won’t see is the list of projects you’ll be voting for, so here they are:

Department of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development. The amount of $195,400,000 is appropriated from the 2012 state transportation project fund to be awarded as grants under AS 37.05.315 or AS 37.05.316, as applicable, to recipients for projects as follows:

Projects & Amounts
Anchorage: Port of Anchorage Expansion: $50 million
Bethel: Harbor Dredging: $4 million
Bristol Bay Borough: Port of Bristol Bay Expansion and Pile Dock Replacement: $7 million
Emmonak: Port Improvements: $3 million
Haines Borough: Boat Harbor Upgrades: $15 million
Hooper Bay: Boat Harbor: $1 million
Kodiak: Pier III Replacement: $15 million
Kotzebue: Cape Blossom Road and Deep Water Port: $10 million
Matanuska: Susitna Borough – Bogard Road Extension East: $13.5 million
Matanuska: Susitna Borough – Port Mackenzie Rail Extension: $30 million
Nenana: Totchaket Resource Development Corridor Access: $6.5 million
Newtok Traditional Council: Mertarvik Evacuation Road Construction: $4.1 million
Nome: Port Design and Construction: $10 million
Sand Point: Sand Point Road Rehabilitation: $2.5 million
Seward: Marine Industrial Center Expansion: $10 million
Sitka: Sawmill Cove Industrial Park Dock: $7.5 million
St. George: Harbor Reconstruction: $3 million
Togiak: Waterfront Transit Facility: $3.3 million

Department of Transportation and Public Facilities. The amount of $254,500,000 is appropriated from the 2012 state transportation project fund to be allocated among the following projects in the amounts listed subject to reallocation between projects in accordance with AS 37.07.080(e):

Projects & Amounts
Anchorage: Glenn Highway, Hiland Road to Artillery Road Reconstruction: $35 million
Anchorage: Glenn Highway/Muldoon Road Interchange Reconstruction: $15 million
Anchorage: New Seward Highway/36th Avenue Reconstruction: $26 million
Anchorage: New Seward Highway, MP 75-90 Bridge Repairs: $10 million
Anchorage: O’Malley Road Reconstruction: $15 million
Elliott Highway, MP 108-120 Reconstruction: $6.5 million
Fairbanks: Old Steese Highway to McGrath Road Reconstruction and Extension: $24 million
Fairbanks: Wendell Street Bridge Replacement: $14.4 million
Juneau: Glacier Highway, MP 4-6 Improvements: $5.5 million
Juneau: Mendenhall Loop Improvements: $6 million
Kenai: Kenai Spur Road Rehabilitation: $20 million
Ketchikan: Shelter Cove Road Construction and Improvements: $19 million
Mat-Su: Fairview Loop Reconstruction: $10 million
Mat-Su: Knik Goose Bay Road Reconstruction: $15 million
North Pole: Plack Road Improvements: $5 million
Platinum Airport Runway Extension: $3.1 million
Richardson Highway: Ruby Creek Bridge Replacement: $11 million
Sitka: Katlian Bay Road Construction: $14 million

We’ve got another really great magazine this month, enjoy!

—Susan Harrington, Managing Editor


This article first appeared in the November 2012 print edition of Alaska Business Monthly magazine.
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