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Cape Blossom Port Site Planning Project

Project Lead:
City of Kotzebue | Chelsea Sieh, Acting City Manager | (907) 442-5101 | csieh@kotzebue.org

Funding Needed: $9,037,000

Overview/History:
The Cape Blossom Port Site Planning Project (project) is a durable infrastructure investment in a regional port. This funding request is for the development phase which includes planning, feasibility analysis, revenue forecasting, environmental review, permitting, and preliminary engineering and design work. When built, the port will eliminate the expense of barge lighterage services and reduce the overall cost of transporting goods and services to Northwest Arctic Borough (NAB) communities. The City of Kotzebue will work closely with the U.S. Department of Transportation, Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities, U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and National Guard, which will affect planning activities of this project. The project will be advanced by the Alaska Department of Transportation’s year-two progress on an 11.2-mile Cape Blossom Road, which leads to the future port site at Cape Blossom. Local and Regional partners, including the Native Village of Kotzebue, the NAB, and NANA have shared meaningful resources to support with the City for planning activities that will have significant local and regional impact.