Two Alaska projects were awarded grants from the U.S. Department of Transportation as part of the Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development (BUILD) Transportation Grants program.

U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao called the projects, "a down payment on this administration’s commitment to America’s infrastructure.”

The money was part of $1.5 billion in discretionary grant funding to 91 projects in 49 states and the District of Columbia.

More than $23 million was awarded to the Lower Yukon River Regional Port and Road Renovation Project. The money will be used to repair and upgrade 3.5 miles of high-use service roads, and create a permanent barge/landing craft ramp and dock/wharf with up to two berths capable of handling 500-ton barges.

A bridge project in Nenana was also awarded more than $9 million. The project will create two permanent, fixed bridges across the Nenana River and the Nenana Slough. The project is part of a bigger plan to provide a year-round connection between 10th Avenue and Totchaket Road.

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