The city is moving forward with another attempt to revamp the Port of Anchorage, this time downsizing the scope of the project and abandoning flawed construction to the north.
More than 50 individuals tied to the beleaguered port construction project will meet in Anchorage on Monday for a weeklong "charrette," or planning session, that city officials say will result in the selection of three possible design plans. CH2M Hill, the engineering firm that has taken over management of the project, will present a preferred design by November, said Lindsey Whitt, spokesperson for Anchorage Mayor Dan Sullivan.
Port engineer Todd Cowles said the city expects to abandon the under-construction dock to the north. Instead, it will focus on rehabilitating the current 53-year-old structure.
Back in 2003, when the project first got underway, the city's plans for the port called for more expansion.
"It was a different plan," Cowles said. "It was a much larger program than what we anticipate having to design for with the funding available."