U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg is set to arrive in Juneau next Wednesday, alongside Republican U.S. Sen. Lisa Murowski, as he is scheduled to examine federally funded transportation projects during a three-day tour traveling to several communities in Alaska.
The tour comes as the state is expected to receive more than $5 billion in funding from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law passed by Congress in 2021. Some of those funds include $285 million for a large-scale overhaul of Alaska Marine Highway System vessels and facilities, $14 million for new and restored cabins in the Tongass and Chugach national forests, nearly $3.5 million for Juneau International Airport, and $280,000 for a city Safe Streets 4 All program.
Along with traveling to Juneau and other Southeast communities on Wednesday, Buttigieg, a Democrat, and U.S. Sen. Dan Sullivan, a Republican, are scheduled to visit Kotzebue, a rural community north of the Arctic Circle on Monday, followed by Buttigieg making a solo visit to Anchorage on Tuesday. The itinerary for his time in Juneau has not been shared publicly yet.
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