Anchorage seeks money for port, financial flexibility

Associated Press

Anchorage Mayor Ethan Berkowitz plans to ask state lawmakers to fund nearly $300 million in improvements for the Port of Anchorage and to make several law changes designed to give local governments more financial flexibility.

Berkowitz submitted his legislative request Friday to the city’s assembly. The document includes a list of funding items and bills that Anchorage is seeking from the state Legislature, The Alaska Public Radio Network reported.

The one major capital budget project included on Continue reading

Anchorage pushing for port, more flexible finances from Legislature

Alaska Public Media
By: Zachariah Hughes

In a departure from big wish lists of the past, Anchorage Mayor Ethan Berkowitz’s legislative request has only one capital budget project. The administration is also pushing for a number of law changes designed to give local governments more financial flexibility.

Berkowitz submitted his legislative program to the city’s Assembly on Friday. It’s a menu of funding items and bills the municipality hopes to see from the Legislature in the upcoming session.

This Continue reading

Port defendants argue Anchorage has no claim to state, federal project funds

Alaska Journal of Commerce
By: Elwood Brehmer

The defendants in the Municipality of Anchorage’s lawsuit over its failed port expansion project have banded together to demand the city’s claim for monetary damages be tossed because they contend it has yet to specify what exactly it seeks to recoup.

Attorneys for Anchorage-based PND Engineers filed a joint summary judgment motion in U.S. District Court of Alaska Nov. 21 on behalf of co-defendants Integrated Concepts and Research Corp. and GeoEngineers, a Continue reading

Anchorage settles for $12.6M with port contractors

Alaska Journal of Commerce
By: Elwood Brehmer

Anchorage has settled out of court for $12.6 million with three subcontractors in the city’s failed port expansion project while a lawsuit against other players in the complex drama continues.

Most recently on Oct. 19, Terracon Consultants Inc. and the Municipality of Anchorage filed a motion in U.S. District Court of Alaska notifying the court that Terracon had agreed to pay the municipality $1.95 million.

Terracon reviewed a 2008 evaluation report of the Continue reading

All but one claim against CH2M dismissed in port lawsuit

All but one claim against CH2M dismissed in port lawsuit

Alaska Journal of Commerce
By: Elwood Brehmer

The global engineering firm CH2M is almost out of Anchorage’s lawsuit to settle liability for the municipality’s failed port expansion project after a Monday federal court ruling.

U.S. District Court of Alaska Judge Sharon Gleason found the Municipality of Anchorage has little financial recourse against the company that, at least initially, seemed to play a very small role in updating the aging docks at the Port of Anchorage.

Gleason wrote in a 31-page Continue reading

Crews race to make repairs at Port of Anchorage ahead of Modernization Program

Crews race to make repairs at Port of Anchorage ahead of Modernization Program

KTUU News
By: Beth Verge

For the Port of Anchorage, and the team fixing it, the biggest challenge may be Father Time: The POA’s docks are supported by 1423 steel piles – posts that hold the whole thing up – which are deteriorating so badly that many have lost up to three quarters of their original thickness.

“They’re racing to get these things on and bolted up, so they’re secure before the tide gets so high that we can’t work Continue reading

US: Corps of Engineers receives request to modify Anchorage dredging project

US: Corps of Engineers receives request to modify Anchorage dredging project

Dredging News Online

The US Army Corps of Engineers-Alaska District has received a Section 408 permission request from the Port of Anchorage to modify an existing federal dredging project as part of the Anchorage Port Modernization Programme.

The port’s programme consists of five phases to replace and modernize existing docks. The request for Section 408 permission is for the North Extension Stabilization, Step 1, which will be completed as part of Phase 1.

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Anchorage settles with 2nd contractor in lawsuit over port expansion

Alaska Dispatch News
By: Alex DeMarban

A second contractor has settled with the city in a lawsuit over the bungled Port of Anchorage expansion, with general contractor Quality Asphalt Paving agreeing to pay just over $5.1 million to end its financial liability in the case.

On Monday, U.S. District Judge Sharon Gleason ordered the company released from liability in the city’s sprawling lawsuit against multiple contractors involved in a failed project that ultimately cost Continue reading

As economy loses steam, Alaska’s major shippers report import declines

As economy loses steam, Alaska’s major shippers report import declines

Alaska Dispatch News
By: Jeannette Lee Falsey

With Alaska’s economy sluggish, the volume of goods brought into the state by its two major shipping lines is on the decline.

The moderate shrinkage of imports has competitors Matson and Totem Ocean Trailer Express, known as TOTE, working harder to defend market share while continuing investment in a small regional economy where growth over the next few years is not in the forecast.

The companies deposit their cargoes side-by-side at the Continue reading

Arctic Transportation Infrastructure Needs

Arctic Transportation Infrastructure Needs

Alaska Business Monthly – October 2016
By Julie Stricker

An Alaska road map is barren by Lower 48 standards. Most of the roads in the 49th State are concentrated in the most-populous Southcentral region, with two highways connecting Fairbanks and Anchorage. One of those turns to the east and Canada. The other heads north, ending on the shores of the Arctic Ocean amid the industrial development of Alaska’s oil fields. Outside  Continue reading