The Denali Commission’s Transportation Program was originally created in 2005 as part of the Safe Accountable Flexible Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU) legislation and accompanying amendments to the Denali Commission Act of 1998. The program included two major components, rural roads and waterfront development.

The roads portion of the program targets basic road (including local board road) improvement projects that connect rural communities to one another and the state highway system, and opportunities to enhance rural economic development.  The waterfront portion of the program addresses port, harbor, barge landings and other rural waterfront needs. The Commission’s Transportation Advisory Committee (TAC) is the body that advises the Federal Co-Chair on transportation needs in rural Alaska and evaluates project applications.

The Commission will advertise annual transportation notices of funding availability on and

Sponsors may apply for a project to be considered on the Denali Access System Priority list. This priority list is not a guarantee of funding but may allow a project’s applicant to other programs request up to 100% federal cost share. Sponsor eligibility: municipal, borough, state, and tribal governments, Federally recognized tribes, regional housing authorities, universities, regional tribal non-profit organizations, non-profit organizations, and Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (ANCSA) entities. Submit general scope, schedule, and budget to for consideration. The TAC evaluates project submittals on a quarterly basis.

Contact: Nikki Navio
Transportation Program Manager
Direct: 907-271-1413

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