U.S. funding for Alaska Highway, Haines Road remains uncertain

Yukon's Liberal Party wants to know when the territory will receive funding from the United States for improvements to theAlaska Highway and HainesRoad.Liberal leader Sandy Silver pushedthe Yukon government on its efforts to secure funding underthe ShakwakAgreement, in Thursday's legislature sitting."The trouble is we still don't know if the ShakwakAgreement will ever be funded again by the United States government," said Silver. "The premier himself admitted in his budget speech that funding remains in limbo."The ShakwakAgreement of 1977 covers the stretch ofhighway betweenHaines, Alaska, andthe border north of Beaver Creek. Washington has provided more than $400 million over the past three decades for reconstruction of Canadian portions of theroad,but fundingdisappeared from the American government's annual budget in 2013.The Yukon government has allocated 9.9 million dollars this fiscal year for the Shakwak project. That was money previously designatedby the U.S. government for work on the highway.Silver said the Yukon government spent $180,000 to hire a company from South Carolina to lobby Congress to re-instate Shakwak funding.Premier Darrell Pasloski said,as premier, he doesn't really carry a lot of clout in Washington."I know this is a very important job but you know within the United States government, we don't have that much influence."Scott Kent, Yukon's minister of energy, mines and resources, says Yukon is working with the Alaska government on the issue.He said Americans rely heavily on the link and said he's confident that dependence will translate into dollars. Pasloski has said that 85 per cent of the traffic on theHainesRoad and Alaska Highway is "U.S. traffic." href='http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north/u-s-funding-for-shakwak-project-uncertain-1.3066708?cmp=rss' - http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north/u-s-funding-for-shakwak-project-uncertain-1.3066708?cmp=rss -