Governor Walker Praises Congressman Young for Passage of King Cove Road Land Exchange Bill
H.R. 218 approves 1-to-1 land exchange; critical next step for road construction
July 20, 2017 ANCHORAGE —Governor Bill Walker today praised Congressman Don Young for the passage of H.R. 218 in the U.S. House of Representatives. Congressman Young sponsored the legislation which allows a land exchange between the federal government and the state to take place, an important step in allowing a construction of a road between the village of King Cove and city of Cold Bay.
“I thank Congressman Young for accomplishing this important milestone,” Governor Walker said. “While the work is not yet finished, the passage of H.R. 218 is a critical step towards actually building this necessary and life-saving road. State and federal agencies, our congressional delegation, and the residents of King Cove are continuing to work well towards this shared goal, and I look forward to seeing additional progress.”
Residents of King Cove have advocated for a single-lane gravel road to Cold Bay for over three decades. Cold Bay is the all-weather airport nearest to residents needing air transportation to Anchorage for medical or other emergencies. Flights from King Cove’s unpaved airstrip are often cancelled due to harsh weather conditions and frequent heavy fog. The road would ensure residents have access to reliable and safe transportation regardless of weather.