If all goes according to plan, Unalaska and Akutan will have high-speed internet by the end of this year.
Haaland said she heard from residents about the importance of the road due to various transportation and medical challenges. As of now, she said, she’s made no decision.
The proposed road would stretch 11 miles through a wildlife refuge on the Alaska Peninsula, connecting the communities of King Cove and Cold Bay.
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.