This bill would declare that if the state of Alaska offers to provide the Dept. of the Interior with 43,093 acres of state-owned land, the Interior would in exchange give the state 206 acres of federal land within the Izembek National Wildlife Refuge and 131 acres of federal land in the Izembek Wilderness to construct a single-lane gravel road. The 10-mile road would link the town of King Cove, which is otherwise only accessible by air or sea, to the town of Cold Bay which has a runway that can better accommodate medical evacuation planes and helicopters.
The values of the federal and state lands to be exchanged would be equal, and appraisals would be conducted in accordance with nationally recognized standards. This legislation would also specify the route of the road corridor, and state that its construction wouldn’t be considered a major federal action requiring environmental impact review.