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

Next phase of modernization project underway at Don Young Port of Alaska

Published: June 21, 2024

By Lauren Maxwell

An issue that temporarily held up funding for the modernization project at the Don Young Port of Alaska has been resolved with the federal government, according to port officials.

The massive project, expected to cost between $1.8 to $2 billion, will include two new modern cargo terminals when it’s completed over the next several years.

Port Director Steve Ribuffo said the current part of the project, the North Extension Stabilization Phase One, began about four weeks ago and is now fully funded almost exclusively by state and federal grants.

Workers are removing a massive infrastructure of sheet metal cells on the north side of the port that the city says were poorly designed and subject to failure in an earthquake. The work was the subject of a lawsuit the city filed and won against the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration (MARAD) and its contractors, but the award of more than $360 million to the city is currently on appeal.

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