Transportation chief heading to Alaska

Anne Wernikoff

Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx is planning to visit Alaska as he pushes Congress to approve a long-term highway funding bill when it returns from recess.

Transportation Department officials said Wednesday that Foxx would spend Thursday and Friday in Alaska.

The Transportation chief is scheduled to participate in a Matanuska-Susitna (Mat-Su) Borough transportation meeting with Sen. Mark Begich (D-Alaska) on Thursday and address the Alaska Municipal League on Friday.

Foxx is also scheduled to hold a town-hall meeting in Unalakleet, Alaska, on Friday afternoon.

Transportation officials said Foxx would "discuss the benefits of the GROW AMERICA Act and emphasize the need for long-term transportation funding" during his trip.