Delegation welcomes $187 million Infrastructure Act investment to boost supply chain and enhance border security
U.S. Senators Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan, and Congressman Don Young, all R-Alaska, celebrated the announcement of more than $187 million from the bipartisan party Investment in infrastructure and jobs Act travels to Tok, Alaska for the design and construction of a new Alcan Land Port of Entry (ALCAN) border crossing. Built in 1971, ALCAN is the most isolated land entry point between the United States and Canada, handling commercial truck traffic, in addition to buses and private vehicles. This new ALCAN port will improve processing efficiency and boost supply chains, create jobs and strengthen border security.
“The Bipartisan Infrastructure Act is delivering real results for Alaskans, benefiting our state as a whole,” said Senator Lisa Murkowski. “As Alaskans face rising costs of daily living, this new border crossing will make our state safer and healthier, not only by strengthening the security of our borders, but by stimulating our economy with jobs and opportunities. well-paid work opportunities. Our 1,538 mile border with Canada has only five land ports of entry, making this project even more important. The Bipartisan Infrastructure Act is delivering tangible results for Alaska, whether investing in our port and airport infrastructure, improving climate efforts, or strengthening border security, all creating a future best for Alaskan kids.
“ALCAN is a vital transportation artery for Alaska, carrying tens of millions of dollars worth of commerce and essential goods for Alaskans. It is our state’s main land link with the rest of the continent. I am pleased to see this important piece of infrastructure getting a much-needed upgrade through the bipartisan infrastructure bill. With these investments, Tok’s facility in Alaska will be able to operate more efficiently, with fewer weather-related disruptions, helping our border professionals perform their duties, protect our communities and keep pace. of our economy, said Senator Dan Sullivan.
“Our country’s land ports are essential to our economy and our way of life. This is especially true as we work to strengthen our supply chains and recover from the damage caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Alaska’s climate and terrain are unlike any other. For this reason, ALCAN’s land port has been a vital piece of infrastructure, withstanding some of the harshest weather conditions in the world, as trade is facilitated by Canada. After more than 50 years, it is time to bring this port into the 21st century. I am very grateful to the GSA for recognizing the great need for investment in the ALCAN port. This funding, made possible by the bipartisan Infrastructure Act, will go a long way to maximizing efficiency, driving economic growth and strengthening our national security. Once complete, the new port will also help us in our ongoing efforts to end human trafficking and keep deadly drugs like fentanyl out of our communities. When Congress drafted the infrastructure bill, I worked hard to represent Alaska with a powerful voice. I had the honor of helping organize the votes to get this bill across the finish line in the House. Seeing continued federal support arrive in our state almost every week is proof of our delegation’s continued commitment to securing Alaska’s strong and reliable infrastructure for generations to come,” said Congressman Don Young.
context: The bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Employment Act was signed into law on November 15, 2021. The law provides for historic investments in roads, bridges, ports, airports, broadband, ferries, water and wastewater, resilience and energy projects, modernizing and improving the country’s basic infrastructure. Sen. Murkowski was one of the main authors and negotiators of the bipartisan infrastructure package and won the support of the entire Alaska congressional delegation.