KTUU: $25 Million Infrastructure Investment coming to Port of Alaska

Part of Phase 1 of the Port of Alaska Modernization Program (PAMP) is getting funding from the Trump Administration.

U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao announced through the Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development (BUILD) Transportation Discretionary Grants program, an award of $25 million is coming to Anchorage to build a new petroleum and cement marine terminal.

The petroleum and cement terminal project will replace an aging facility, specifically constructing a pile-supported trestle and platform, piping, and fuel and cement transfer equipment. The new terminal will support the transmission of refined petroleum and cement from bulk shipping carriers to onshore pipelines and storage facilities at the Port of Alaska, in Anchorage.

Additionally, the port will use a new, hi-tech hose tower for fuel transfers, and a new dock loader system for cement transfers that have been designed to withstand a severe earthquake and reduce the possibility of release of hazardous materials.

Last week, U.S. Senators Lisa Murkowski, Dan Sullivan, and Congressman Don Young released the following statement regarding the BUILD grant.

“The Port of Alaska – which provides the vast majority of the food, construction materials, fuel, and other vital goods that Alaskans rely on – is in danger from crumbling infrastructure,” said the Alaska delegation. “Alaskans have been sounding the alarm about the critical state of Alaska’s primary import terminal for years and, thankfully, the Trump administration and Secretary Chao have listened and are taking action to help us. This new BUILD Grant will help offset the cost of the first phase of the port’s desperately-needed modernization program. We thank Secretary Chao for the administration’s prudent investment today to help ensure that safe, cost-effective, reliable and resilient operations at the port continue for years to come.”

For this round of BUILD grants, the maximum grant award is $25 million, and no more than $90 million can be awarded to a single State.

By:  Gilbert Cordova
Source: KTUU