Gov. Mike Dunleavy said today he will continue to support future funding for the Silvertip Maintenance Station on the Kenai Peninsula during next year’s FY23 budget cycle.
The Governor’s Office of Management and Budget will allocate Federal Highway Administration funding from the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act to the station.
Silvertip is located at Mile 60 Seward Highway, three miles north of the Hope Junction, and keeps the mountain pass open between Turnagain Arm and Sterling during the winter months.
“Kenai area residents can rest assured that winter maintenance in the Turnagain Pass area of the Seward Highway will be in place for years to come,” Dunleavy said. “The safety of Alaskans and their families driving that section of the highway in winter is of the utmost importance for me and my administration.”
Dunleavy previously allocated federal funds to the Silvertip Station earlier this year for this winter and next winter. Today’s announcement means funding will be in place through the spring of 2024.