Matanuska-Susitna Borough

West Susitna Access


This project holds the potential to unlock the remaining one-third of the Mat Valley to residents. Currently, there is only limited winter access to the Fish Creek Natural Resource Management Unit, which lies west of the Little Susitna River near Big Lake. 

West Susitna Access Documents

West Susitna Access Project: Phase 2
Off-Site Link
2014 ADOT West Susitna Surface Access Reconnaissance Study
Off-Site Link
AIDEA West Susitna Access Study by HDR
West Susitna Access Phase II - MOU
West Susitna Access Phase I - MOU

The Matanuska-Susitna Borough and the Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority (AIDEA) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that provides a partnership framework for a phased feasibility analysis of the West Susitna Access. The MOU states:

“The purpose of this Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) is to clarify rights, roles, responsibilities, and expectations of each Party for the phased feasibility analysis, due diligence and development of the West Susitna Access Road”

AIDEA was established in 1967 by the Alaska Legislature to promote economic growth and diversification in the state by providing various means of financing and investment.



Port Mackenzie Benefits


  • Year round Exports (metal ores, timber & logs and petroleum & coal products
    • ~50 - 200mt of Copper equivalent concentrate export out of Estelle and Whistler over 10 years
    • Gold Dore export out of Estelle
    • Silver and PGE export
    • Base metal export
    • Lumber export
    • Uranium export
    • REE Export
    • Coal
    • Oil and gas
    • Cannabis and Hydroponic nutriments export
  • Year round Imports
    • Structural Components of Mine Plant 
    • Mining fleet imports and components
    • Exploration drills and equipment 
    • Part and accessories of instruments and apparatus
    • Grains
    • Electronics and durable goods for camp, site and property owners
  • Industrial hub
    • Warehouse and logistics construction
    • Logistics supply chain establishment
    • Industrialization of port hub


Matanuska-Susitna Borough Benefits


  • Property

o   Property price increases

o   Health and wellbeing

o   Access to fuel and Power source

o   Economic participation

o   Job opportunities

o   Income prospects

o   Tourism

o   Game hunting and fishing

o   Royalty and land right fees on lumber

o   Warehouse and logistics construction

o   Logistics supply chain establishment

o   Small business opportunity ie, Shops, B&B and rest stops along the roadway

State and Federal Benefits


  • Road construction costs, maintenance and ongoing fees
  • Direct and indirect Mine employment rates, taxes and insurances
  • Direct Pegging costs year 1 in the Matanuska-Susitna Boroughapprox. 35,000 claims available, each claim is 160acres (Quarter sections), 5.6m acres of highly prospective ground = cost of claims rental and recording fees = $5.6m
  • Physical labour Pegging year 1 cost = approx. $20m
  • Annual rents on 35,000 = Approx. $5.6m annually which increases accordingly to the scale
  • Annual minimum expenditure of $400 per claim = approx. $14m year 1
  • Reclamation costs and labour
  • 3% mine Royalty across all commodities
  • Placer Mining (prospects out there like Valdez and the Yukon)
  • Native employment and economic benefit
  • Strengthening Local Economies and Communities




Stefan Hinman, Public Affairs Director(907) 861-8577
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