By Rebecca Palsha
The price to upgrade, replace and fix the aging Port of Alaska has now grown to almost $2 billion.
The Port is vital to the state. It handles more than 3.5 million tons of food, building supplies and all things that make life enjoyable and workable for Alaskans. It is also designated as a strategic seaport for the Department of Defense.
The new price tag, from CH2M Hill, which is now owned by Jacobs Engineering, comes as a surprise the Anchorage Assembly as well as the mayor's office.
"It's certainly an uncomfortable place and what we ultimately want folks to know is that we don't have any particular interest in building a $2 billion, all-in project," city manager Bill Falsey said. "We would like this to be the least expensive port that can meet our needs."