Program

Juneau Access Road (AK)

Category

Transportation

Subsidy Type

Discretionary

Committees of Jurisdiction

House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee

$ FY 16 Budget Score (in mil.)
$393 FY 16-25 Budget Score (in mil.)

The Juneau Access project would attempt to give drivers access to the interior of the state by constructing a new 50-mile road out of Juneau to a new ferry terminal where travelers could then travel by boat to Haines and Skagway, Alaska. Due to the treacherous terrain, the road would be closed at least one month every year, and the journey would likely require several days of driving in each direction from most parts of Alaska. The challenging terrain would also make construction difficult, raising significant questions about cost overĀ¬runs and project feasibility. Most of the funding for this project has not yet been identified, but proponents assume that the vast majority will come from federal taxpayers. If the Federal Highway Administration covers 80 percent of the costs, customary for such projects, the federal government could end up spending $393 million on the new road and terminus.

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