Interior Alaska Will Benefit from Stimulus Military Construction

WASHINGTON, DC -- U. S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), announced that the U.S. Air Force will spend $53.9 million in military construction funds appropriated under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, also known as the “economic stimulus” bill, to replace 76 family housing units on Eielson Air Force Base. Contracts are slated to be awarded in September 2009 with construction commencing in 2010. The work is expected to be completed by 2012. Fort Wainwright will see $3.45 million in stimulus funding for facility energy improvements.
The Air Force will also invest $14.1 million for wind generators at three Long Range Radar Stations in rural Alaska.  These projects will be undertaken at the Cape Lisburne Long Range Radar Site near Point Hope, the Cape Newenham Long Range Radar Site near Platinum, and at the Cape Romanzof Long Range Radar Site near Scammon Bay.
Alaska is the fourth largest recipient of stimulus military construction funds behind California, Texas and Virginia. Alaska will receive $71.4 million in new military construction funding out of a total $2.3 billion being spent nationwide.
Senator Murkowski serves on the Military Construction Subcommittee of the Senate Appropriations Committee.