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

Port in peril: $700 million needed for repairs to state lifeline

Published: September 27, 2017

Anchorage Press

Anchorage’s port, which serves 85 percent of the state’s population, is falling apart.

Corrosion is eating away at steel piles installed that support the docks at the Port of Anchorage. Unless the piling and docks are rebuilt, and there are 1,423 piles, the port will no longer be structurally safe in 10 years, said Jim Jager, the Port of Anchorage’s external affairs manager.

In fact an earthquake, which can happen at any time, would cause the port to collapse now, cutting off supplies of groceries, fuel and other needed commodities to Southcentral and Interior Alaska communities, Jager told the Resource Development Council, an Anchorage business group, in a Sept. 22 briefing.

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