Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg gives a speech in Washington in early May. Buttigieg is expected to arrive in Juneau next Wednesday a part of a three-day tour traveling to several communities in Alaska. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg gives a speech in Washington in early May. Buttigieg is expected to arrive in Juneau next Wednesday a part of a three-day tour traveling to several communities in Alaska. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg to arrive in Juneau next week

This visit is a part of a three-day tour of Alaska communities and infrastructure.

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.

Contact Clarise Larson at clarise.larson@juneauempire.com or (651) 528-1807.

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