By Wesley Early, Alaska Public Media
Anchorage Mayor Dave Bronson says his administration is working to bolster economic development in the city through upgrades at the Port of Alaska.
“Today, we are one seismic event away from catastrophic failure of our port,” Bronson said Monday during his State of the City address to the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce. Bronson delivered his remarks virtually because he was quarantining after being exposed to someone with COVID-19, a spokesman said.
Bronson told the luncheon crowd that about 90% of goods consumed in Alaska come through the port and it’s in dire need of repairs. As part of the Port of Alaska Modernization program, Bronson said the municipality will replace aging infrastructure at the port like old docks and pilings. The beginnings of the modernization project go back to at least 2014, when the port was called the Port of Anchorage.