SJR 42: Relating to reconstruction and paving of the Alaska Highway.

00SENATE JOINT RESOLUTION NO. 42 01 Relating to reconstruction and paving of the Alaska Highway. 02 BE IT RESOLVED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF ALASKA: 03 WHEREAS the United States and Canada entered into an agreement to reconstruct and 04 pave the Alaska Highway from the Alaska-Canada border to Haines Junction, Yukon 05 Territory, Canada, and the Haines Cutoff Highway from Haines Junction, Yukon Territory, 06 Canada, to the Alaska-Canada border near Haines, Alaska, known as the Shakwak project, as 07 authorized in the Federal-Aid Highway Act of 1973; and 08 WHEREAS the Congress authorized $59,000,000 in 1973 for the project and has 09 appropriated $47,000,000 to the Federal Highway Administration for actual construction by 10 Canada; and 11 WHEREAS the Congress further authorized $20,000,000 a year for fiscal years 1993 - 12 1996 under the Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act of 1991 which has been fully 13 appropriated; and 14 WHEREAS, in the last 15 years, the state has provided $37,000,000 of state federal-

01 aid highway apportionments to assist in meeting the obligations of the agreement; and 02 WHEREAS the estimated amount necessary to complete the entire project is in the 03 order of $260,000,000 in United States dollars; and 04 WHEREAS the state prefers a system of federal administration with state concurrence, 05 rather than state administration, of this construction project; 06 BE IT RESOLVED that the Alaska State Legislature respectfully requests the United 07 States government and the Canadian government to honor their agreement and provide the 08 additional funds necessary through direct federal appropriations to complete the remaining 09 portions of the Shakwak project; and be it 10 FURTHER RESOLVED that the United States Congress is respectfully requested to 11 immediately appropriate an additional $94,000,000 to allow work on additional project 12 segments to proceed to a bituminous surface treatment standard; and be it 13 FURTHER RESOLVED that the Alaska State Legislature endorses federal 14 administration, with state concurrence, for the Shakwak project. 15 COPIES of this resolution shall be sent to the Right Honourable Jean Chretien, Prime 16 Minister of Canada; the Honourable Diane Marleau, Minister of Public Works and 17 Government Services, Canada; the Honourable Audrey McLaughlin, Member of Parliament, 18 House of Commons, Canada; the Honourable John Ostashek, Government Leader, Yukon 19 Territory, Canada; the Honourable Bill Brewster, Minister of Community and Transportation 20 Services, Yukon Territory, Canada; the Honourable John Devries, Speaker, Legislative 21 Assembly, Yukon Territory, Canada; the Honorable Bill Clinton, President of the United 22 States; the Honorable Al Gore, Jr., Vice-President of the United States and President of the 23 U.S. Senate; the Honorable Newt Gingrich, Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives; the 24 Honorable Frederico F. Pena, Secretary of the U.S. Department of Transportation; Rodney E. 25 Slater, Administrator, Federal Highway Administration, U.S. Department of Transportation; 26 and to the Honorable Ted Stevens and the Honorable Frank Murkowski, U.S. Senators, and 27 the Honorable Don Young, U.S. Representative, members of the Alaska delegation in 28 Congress.