The Denali Commission’s Transportation Program was 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 Denali Commission’s Transportation Program includes two major programs: Waterfront and Surface Transportation.

  • The Surface Transportation program targets the planning, design and construction of basic gravel roads, “board” roads, ATV and multi-use trails and rural transit improvement projects.
  • The Waterfront Program addresses planning, design and construction of ports, harbors and other rural waterfront needs such as barge landings and docking facilities.

The Denali Access System Program Transportation Advisory Committee (TAC) provides guidance to the Federal Co-Chair and Commission on rural surface transportation needs in Alaska. TAC members are appointed to serve on the Committee by the Governor of the State of Alaska. The TAC evaluates and ranks project submissions for the Denali Access System Priority List through the transportation program.

Emergency Boat Ramp in Annette Bay, Metlakatla Island
Cross Trail Connector
Cross Trail Connector Project in Sitka Trail Works

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