The Derrick Barge (DB) General arrived in Anchorage from the Port of Seattle on April 20, 2016. The barge's arrival at the Cook Inlet Tug and Barge dock marks the start of the Port of Anchorage's (POA) month-long test pile program, which will install 10 indicator piles at key in-water locations. This critical test program will collect design information, investigate construction methods, and identify potential impacts that may occur when in-water construction begins in 1028 on the Anchorage Port Modernization Program (APMP).
Following mobilization and setup on April 28th, the first indicator pile will be installed near the existing Petroleum, Oil and Lubricants (POL) 1 terminal at the south end of the Port. Kiewit Infrastructure West, the Port's construction contractor, estimates each pile will take up to four hours to install. Construction on the first pile is scheduled to begin April 29, 2016.
Installation of the second pile is anticipated to begin May 2, 2016.
Long-term noise monitoring stations will be set up near Government Hill and Cherry Hill, Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson (JBER) prior to the start of construction. These monitors will be in place throughout construction and collect data on ambient noise, construction noise, and weather conditions. Area residents may also see POA contractors taking noise measurements at various locations throughout the Government Hill and Cherry Hill neighborhoods during active pile driving.