AIDEA has been tasked with evaluating this project and will submit a permit application to federal agencies to begin the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and the ANILCA Title XI review process. At the end of this process, federal agencies will issue a decision as to whether they will issue permits for the project.
Once the federal agencies have issued a decision, AIDEA's board will evaluate whether the project is still financially feasible and a good investment for the state. Before financing and developing an access road, AIDEA will need a resolution of support from the Regional Resource Advisory Council for the eastern portion of the proposed route and from the Northwest Arctic Borough.
If AIDEA's board decides to move forward with the project, AIDEA will seek private sector investors that are interested in constructing and operating the road and collecting tolls from road users. AIDEA will develop a contractual relationship with the private investors to create a Public-Private Partnership (P3). The P3 contract will spell out the process for constructing, operating, maintaining, and eventually decommissioning and reclaiming the road.