Don Young Port of Alaska in Anchorage
Don Young Port of Alaska in Anchorage

Anchorage gets federal OK to start work on massive Port of Alaska modernization project

Published: May 30, 2024

Anchorage Daily News
By Emily Goodykoontz

Construction crews at the Don Young Port of Alaska on Wednesday began work on the next phase of the massive port modernization project, after the Municipality of Anchorage received a long-awaited federal environmental approval that unlocks tens of millions of dollars in grant funding.

In late April, an unexpected delay in the completion of the environmental review threatened to halt plans for the summer construction season. The holdup left the port burning through cash under a $97.5 million construction contract as crews and equipment sat idle at the facility for weeks.

But that final approval from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration, or MARAD, arrived Tuesday, allowing work on the North Extension Stabilization phase one to proceed, according to city officials.

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