ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - Emmonak, Alaska will be seeing a large sum of money in the form of federal grants to construct a permanent dock and barge/landing craft ramp and to renovate approximately 3.5 miles of high-use service roads.
The funds were announced to be $23.1 million from the U.S. Department of Transportation, according to a statement issued by Alaska's delegation of U.S. Sens. Lisa Murkowski, Dan Sullivan, and Rep. Don Young.
According to them, the grant program making this possible, Beter Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development, or BUILD, was intended to provide support for capital projects that "generate economic development and improve access to reliable, safe, and affordable transportation for communities."
In July 2018, Alaska's delegation all sent letters to Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao in support of the Emmonak project, asking for the Secretary to give due consideration to the City’s grant application.