Alaska ports to receive $112 million in port infrastructure

Alaska ports to receive $112 million in port infrastructure

Four Alaskan coastal communities will receive a total of $112 million in investments for port-related infrastructure and ferry terminal projects.

US Senators Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan made the announcement on 26 October.

This marks the first tranche of investments attributable to the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA).

The awards will benefit the Alaska Marine Highway System, coastal communities, supply chains and consumers across Alaska.

The IIJA has previously made a significant down payment in the nation’s maritime infrastructure, making $2.25 billion in additional funds available over five years to the Port Infrastructure Development Program (PIDP).

These new grants, from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration also received funding from the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2022.

“Ports, harbours, and the Alaska Marine Highway System are all essential to our state, serving as a lifeline that connects our coastal communities,”

“These new Port Infrastructure Development Program grants will be the first of many additional opportunities to deliver vital port-related infrastructure funding to our state that will bring benefits to Alaska for decades to come.”

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“As I often say, Alaska is a resource-rich but infrastructure-poor state. The Port of Alaska is critical for Alaska’s supply chain and America’s national security,” added Senator Sullivan said.

“Serving as Alaska’s principal transportation hub for the vast majority of goods the U.S. military and Alaskans rely on, the port needs significant reconstruction to combat corrosion.”

“These infrastructure improvements will provide several Alaska communities with the ability to safely and efficiently transport goods to and from their communities, benefitting both local communities and the national supply chain.”

The U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) has disclosed grant recipients will be the following:

  • Port of Alaska (Anchorage): $68.7 million to reconfigure and realign the shoreline within the area north of the existing general cargo terminals as well as for the demolition of a sheet pile wall, removal of approximately 1.3 million cubic yards of material, and construction of a shoreline revetment of armour rock.
  • Port of Adak (Adak): $10.1 million for making repairs and updates to the primary supply pier as well as for planning and permitting work, removal of the deteriorated timber pile fender system, repairs to damaged concrete piles and caps, installation of a high-energy absorbing fender system, and installation of new sewer, firefighting water, potable water, electrical and communications utilities, and LED lighting.
  • Sand Point Floating Dock Project: $5.3 million for installing more than 1,000 feet of new floating dock and supporting access, utility, and safety infrastructure within the existing harbour.
  • Prince William Sound ferry terminals (Cordova, Tatitlek, & Chenega): $28.2 million for upgrades and modifications at three Prince William Sound ferry terminals to accommodate Alaska Marine Highway System ferries.

In August, the USDOT granted $119 million to eight local governments, transit agencies and tribes in California to support transportation infrastructure projects.

Funds come from the Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity (RAISE) discretionary grant programme, which received a boost from last year’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law to help communities modernise transportation infrastructure.

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