Anchorage Assembly approves $42M contract for first new port dock

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The Anchorage Assembly has approved funding to start a total rebuild to the docks at the city’s beleaguered port a decade after construction problems halted prior efforts to upgrade the essential infrastructure.

An 8-3 Assembly vote at a July 30 special meeting allows city officials to award a $42.1 million contract to Seattle-based Pacific Pile and Marine to build the first phase of a new, roughly $220 million petroleum and cement terminal at the city-owned Port of Alaska.

The Assembly had delayed the vote twice before at its regular bi-weekly meetings on the hope officials in Mayor Ethan Berkowitz’s administration could reach an agreement over the work with a consortium of eight Port of Alaska customers, who object to the plan, primarily because of its cost.

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