By Megan Pacer and Patrick Enslow
After seven years pending in the court system, the U.S. Court of Federal Claims on Thursday ruled in favor of the Municipality of Anchorage in the lawsuit it filed against the U.S. Maritime Administration over the city’s port expansion project.
“It’s an enormous vindication of what we’ve been saying all along, and that’s basically that the federal government had control of this project and they didn’t perform — they messed it up,” Assistant Municipal Attorney Robert Owens said.
The municipality sued contractors involved in construction in the Port of Anchorage Intermodal Expansion Project over a decade ago. In 2013, the city sued PND Engineers Inc. for $100 million in damages for the failed construction at the Port of Alaska, and in 2017 a settlement was filed with that contractor. The Port of Anchorage was renamed the Port of Alaska in 2017.