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JUNEAU - The Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities has exceeded its mid-June deadline to obligate at least half of the $176 million provided to the state under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, the department announced Wednesday.
To date, the department has obligated more than $94 million toward projects throughout Alaska including resurfacing of Glenn Highway between Eagle River and Eklutna, resurfacing Kodiak's Rezanof Drive, resurfacing Sterling Highway from Soldotna to Kasilof, repaving in Yakutat, replacing Gustavus' causeway, reconstructing the Parks Highway from Willow to Kashwitna and reconstructing Kotzebue's Shore Avenue. The package also includes airport improvements and support for future gas line construction.
"With more than a dozen essential, shovel-ready projects statewide, my team has been relentless in seeing that the ARRA deadlines were met to put projects out to bid and Alaskans to work," said department Commissioner Leo von Scheben.
The Glenn Highway project alone could create more than 300 jobs. The project consists of repaving 23 miles of highway at an estimated $33 million.
Gov. Sarah Palin also welcomed the news in the press release.