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Governor Mike Dunleavy (R) (seen above) reactivated the dormant Denali Commission Transportation Advisory Committee on June 22. Due to a lack of funding, that committee last met in 2017.

[Above photo by the Alaska Governor’s Office]

The governor noted in a statement that committee members advise Alaska’s transportation commission on the surface transportation needs of Alaska Native villages and rural communities.

Photo by the Alaska DOT&PF

Those needs include construction projects on “essential access routes” within remote Alaska Native villages and rural communities as well as the construction of roads and facilities necessary to connect isolated rural communities to the road system.

The committee also advises the commission on considerations for “coordinated transportation planning” among the Alaska Native villages, he said.

“The reestablishment of the Transportation Advisory Committee comes at a time in which we need to prioritize rural infrastructure to both upgrade existing infrastructure and create decent jobs for individuals within those communities,” Gov. Dunleavy noted. “I look forward to the work they accomplish within rural Alaska.”

editor@aashto.org

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