The governments of Yukon and Alaska are working together to secure funding to improve the Shakwak Project – the section of highway from Haines, Alaska, to Beaver Creek, Yukon. The State of Alaska and the Government of Yukon collaborated on a $25 million (USD) submission to the new United States Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development (BUILD) fund.
Yukon’s Highway and Public Works Minister Richard Mostyn wrote to Alaska Governor Bill Walker in June 2018 about the need to secure money to finish upgrading the Shakwak Project. Work to stabilize and upgrade the road into Alaska is estimated to cost $340 million (CAD).
In July, the Alaska Department of Transportation & Public Facilities Commissioner Marc Luiken and Minister Mostyn collaborated on the application for the BUILD grant, requesting the maximum available amount of $25 million (USD).
A decision on the application is expected in December 2018.