CAPTAINS BAY ROAD

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U.S. Senator Dan Sullivan wants to increase Arctic security infrastructure throughout Alaska. During a short visit to Unalaska last week, he said the island and its port will play a role in that vision. Still, he stopped short of giving any specifics.

As Russia and China work to expand their influence in the Arctic, Sullivan said federal officials in the U.S. are finally starting to recognize the strategic importance of the region — a recognition that may result in a greater military presence in the Aleutian Islands.

Unalaska Department of Public Safety

Police are warning Unalaskans to watch for counterfeit money after $3,100 in fake bills was found blowing down Captains Bay Road last week.

A man came across the thirty-one $100 bills on Thursday while driving down the road, according to a statement from the Department of Public Safety.

He stopped and found that they looked and felt fake and then reported the situation to police.

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Transforming Captains Bay Road into a safer, smoother thoroughfare would cost about $59 million.

Engineers released the rough estimate last week after spending months studying the heavily trafficked gravel road that's home to some of Unalaska's largest businesses.

The proposed project would pave about 13,400 feet of road from Agnes Beach to Offshore Systems, Inc., extend utilities to the end, and straighten out several sections.

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Starting Tuesday, Unalaskans should expect delays along Captains Bay Road.

Construction crews are surveying the heavily trafficked gravel road to prepare for paving and other improvements slated to unfold over the next four years.

That means drivers may experience delays as long as 10 minutes, between the intersection at Airport Beach Road and the business area at Offshore Systems, Inc.

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Construction season is underway in Unalaska, with five projects scheduled between now and late November.

"These projects total approximately $10 million," said Director of Public Works Tom Cohenour.

More than half of that budget is going toward the continued expansion of the Unalaska Marine Center, where two aging docks are being replaced.

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