A large portion of rural Alaska is faced with the challenge of developing and maintaining local and regional infrastructure. Southwest Alaska is no exception.
Reduced funding levels and rising construction costs are two significant barriers to providing quality infrastructure for the region. This hampers economic growth and development, affects quality of life, and impacts the ability of communities to provide basic services for residents.
Roads and bridges, docks and harbors, airstrips and the marine highway- all of these components are essential for moving people and goods, and for spurring economic activity for the region. But the other crucial elements of infrastructure- communications, energy, water and sewer lines- are just as essential for achieving a reasonable standard of living.
This section explores the various segments of infrastructure and projects that currently make up Southwest Alaska, and what improvements lie on the horizon.