DOT&PF anticipates big construction year

Posted: Monday, March 01, 2010

JUNEAU - The Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities expects to bid out more than $800 million for more than 100 projects this year, a 33 percent increase from 2009.

Projects include highways, bridges, safety and transit projects and airports.

"From Kodiak to Kotzebue, Anchorage to Allakaket and communities in between, Alaskans will be working on transportation projects this year," said Leo von Scheben, Commissioner, DOT&PF.

Last year, DOT&PF awarded almost $600 million worth of projects, compared to $400 million the previous year.

Fund sources for these projects include the regular federal highway program, state general funds, general obligation bonds and federal economic stimulus funds.

Every part of the state will see construction activity this year from Barrow to Metlakatla, according to state officials.

DOT&PF will initiate work at airports in Nulato, Chefornak, Pilot Station, Hoonah, Sitka and Petersburg this summer. More than $40 million of runway refurbishment will occur at Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport as well as bank stabilization work on the Lake Hood float plane facility.

Work on Alaska Marine Highway System facilities will take place at the Angoon, Annette Bay, Haines and Hoonah ferry terminals this summer. A detailed design and constructability review is anticipated to be completed for the new Alaska Class Ferry by mid-2010. Cruise ship taxes are funding $6.5 million worth of projects in Skagway and Juneau.

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