Haaland was due to visit in mid-September, particularly to meet leaders in King Cove.
Alaska Department of Transportation spokesman Andy Mills said its contractor is waiting for special use permits to mark wetlands and identify cultural resources with the aid of a helicopter.
GCI is partnering with a Matanuska Valley surveying company to chart the subsea floor along an 860-mile route from Kodiak to the Aleutians.
The road would connect King Cove to Cold Bay, which King Cove residents say could save lives in a medical emergency.
Former Alaskan Tommy Beaudreau is on his way to becoming the second in command at the U.S. Interior Department as the deputy to Secretary Deb Haaland.
The legal filing does not necessarily mean that the Biden administration will come out in favor of the swap or the road. An Interior department spokesperson said the policy is under review.
The new owner says it will continue to operate plants in Dillingham, King Cove, Port Moller and Valdez, along with support facilities in Naknek and Sand Point. Its headquarters are in Bellevue, Wash.
More than half of the federal money is going to GCI to build an 800-mile long undersea fiber cable stretching from Kodiak Island, along the Alaska Peninsula and the Aleutian Chain.
A nine-member working group is reviewing a $250,000 study commissioned by Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s administration, one that has already ruled out privatizing the state ferry fleet because it doesn’t pencil out.
Two months ago, a federal judge said the trade was illegal because it violated two separate federal laws, the Administrative Procedure Act and the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act.