EDITORIAL: Lawmakers are happy to fight for a big PFD. Where’s that attitude when it comes to the Port of Alaska?

EDITORIAL: Lawmakers are happy to fight for a big PFD. Where’s that attitude when it comes to the Port of Alaska?

By Anchorage Daily News editorial board

If you had been in Juneau this past week, mixed in with the bustle of committee hearings and the chatter of visitors streaming off the first cruise ship of the summer season, you might have heard something else: Lawmakers trying to tamp down expectations for funds to repair and upgrade the Port of Alaska.

Meanwhile, ebullience about a big election-year Permanent Fund dividend check is high. The PFD might tip the Continue reading

Anchorage asks for $600M to help rebuild port, but state legislators say it’s no sure thing

Anchorage asks for $600M to help rebuild port, but state legislators say it’s no sure thing

By James Brooks, Emily Goodykoontz
Anchorage Daily News

Anchorage Mayor Dave Bronson traveled to the state Capitol last week with a big request: $600 million to help rebuild the Port of Alaska.

As recently as last year, that kind of request would have been outlandish, but a wartime surge in oil prices has Alaska expecting billions in new revenue. But despite the state’s improved financial picture, members of the House and Senate say the state’s largest city Continue reading

Municipality of Anchorage awarded $360M from lawsuit over port expansion project

Municipality of Anchorage awarded $360M from lawsuit over port expansion project

By Wesley Early
Alaska Public Media 

The federal Department of Transportation will have to pay $367,446,809 to the Municipality of Anchorage due to various failures with the Port of Alaska expansion project.

A judge issued the order Thursday.

The municipality sued the federal government over the various design and construction defects with the port project more than a decade ago. 

In December, the U.S. Court of Federal Claims ruled in favor of the municipality, stating that Continue reading

Anchorage awarded more than $367M in damages for failed construction on Port of Alaska expansion project

By Megan Pacer
KTUU News

A federal judge with the U.S. Court of Federal Claims has awarded the Municipality of Anchorage more than $367 million in damages for failed construction performed during an expansion project for the city’s port.

The U.S. Court of Federal Claims ruled in favor of the municipality back in December over the city’s port expansion project, finding that the government breached its 2003 and 2011 agreements, or memorandums of understanding, with the municipality. Continue reading

Judge awards Municipality of Anchorage full $367M sought from feds in lawsuit over botched port construction

Judge awards Municipality of Anchorage full $367M sought from feds in lawsuit over botched port construction

By Elwood Brehmer
Alaska Journal of Commerce

Anchorage is another big step closer to getting reimbursed for much of the failed construction work at the city’s port. A federal judge on Thursday awarded the city every dime of the $367.4 million Anchorage attorneys had been asking for in its years-long lawsuit against the federal government.

U.S. Court of Federal Claims Judge Edward J. Damich issued his judgment against the U.S. Maritime Administration four days shy of eight years Continue reading

Is the governor’s peculiar port plan already dead in the water?

Is the governor’s peculiar port plan already dead in the water?

By Anchorage Daily News editorial board

When Gov. Mike Dunleavy rolled out his proposed budget and a general obligation bond package in December, one item on the infrastructure shortlist raised eyebrows: $175 million allocated for the “Knik Arm Port.” When pressed on what that line item referred to, given that there are two ports in Knik Arm of very different scales and in two separate municipalities, the governor’s office said the money could be used by either Continue reading

Gov. Dunleavy wants to link $175 million in funding for Anchorage and Mat-Su ports

Gov. Dunleavy wants to link $175 million in funding for Anchorage and Mat-Su ports

Anchorage Daily News
By Zaz Hollander

Gov. Mike Dunleavy is proposing a funding injection to shore up Anchorage’s bustling Port of Alaska but linked with the nearly idle port 5 miles across Knik Arm in the governor’s home base of Mat-Su.

The Dunleavy administration is suggesting the Municipality of Anchorage and Matanuska-Susitna Borough look at forming a new regional port authority to decide how to spend $175 million in general obligation bond funds on repairs needed at both.

The Continue reading

It’s time to save the Port of Alaska

It’s time to save the Port of Alaska

Anchorage Daily News 
By Dave Bronson

When I came into office, resolving the homelessness crisis in Anchorage was my No. 1 priority. However, as my team and I assessed the dire situation at the Port of Alaska, it became quite clear that rebuilding and modernizing the port had to become the chief focus of my administration.

I know Anchorage residents, and folks across our state, have heard about problems at the port for many years. I’m not here Continue reading

Anchorage wins court victory over feds in dispute about botched port construction and repayment

Anchorage wins court victory over feds in dispute about botched port construction and repayment

By Zachariah Hughes
Anchorage Daily News

The Municipality of Anchorage won a major court victory over the federal government in a long-running dispute centered on hundreds of millions of dollars worth of faulty work done during a project to overhaul the Port of Alaska.

Last week, Senior Judge Edward J. Damich with the U.S. Court of Federal Claims ruled definitively: “The Government breached its agreements with Anchorage.”

Though litigation has been going on for seven years, at Continue reading

Federal claims court sides with Anchorage in lawsuit over Port of Alaska expansion project

By Megan Pacer and Patrick Enslow
KTUU

After seven years pending in the court system, the U.S. Court of Federal Claims on Thursday ruled in favor of the Municipality of Anchorage in the lawsuit it filed against the U.S. Maritime Administration over the city’s port expansion project.

“It’s an enormous vindication of what we’ve been saying all along, and that’s basically that the federal government had control of this project and they didn’t perform — they messed Continue reading