Concerns about the Port of Anchorage Expansion have generated many letters to those in charge without much in the way of satisfactory answers.

Questions about the Port of Anchorage Expansion Project

Concerned Citizens Have Been Asking Questions

Damaged sheet metal pilingsOn a project this size, concerned citizens have been both paying attention and asking questions for years. Engineers, longshoremen and many others have tried to give valuable insights into the project from the beginning.

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John C. Daley
12911 Patrick Road
Anchorage AK 99516

  • Concerned Citizen
  • Registered Professional Engineer
  • Member ASCE COPRI Seismic Design of Container
  • Wharf Committee
  • Member Earthquake Engineering Research Institute
Municipality of Anchorage Geotechnical Advisory Commission
Mr. Dave Tremont,
Senior Planner
MOA Planning Department
P.O. Box 196650
Anchorage, AK 99519-6650

July 24, 2006

"To date the project has been run very much like a political campaign. There has been a lot of emphasis placed on the promise of large amounts of federal funding. Garnering political support and funding are certainly very important aspects of any large public works project. However, I believe that, in this case, these factors have been allowed to color the technical aspects of the project. I believe that the technical aspects of a project such as this need to be separated from the political ones. There are many reasons for this not the least of which is that the laws of physics do not bend themselves to the whims of any administration. I believe there is a strong need for a science based reality check on the technical merits of the sheet pile wall. I believe this should come in the form of an independent review. The specific areas of concern that I have are in regards to the global stability and seismic performance of the sheet pile wall. Also, I believe that the pile supported dock alternative has not been fairly evaluated. In fact I believe that this alternative has been subjected to a kind of political straw-man dismissal."

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Robert D. Mecum,
Acting Administrator, Alaska Region
United States Department of Commerce
NAtional Marine Fisheries Service
P.O. Box 21668
Juneau, AK 99802

Colonel Kevin J. Wilson
U.S. Army Corp of Engineers
P.O. Box 898
Anchorage, Alaska 99506

March 5, 2007

"...NMFS continues to have serious concerns about the effects of this project on important salmon habitat and beluga whales. The applicant has not rigorously evaluated the practicability of less damaging alternative designs as we recommended - particularly a partially pile supported designs that maintains shallow water fish habitat."

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Bob Shavelson,
Executive Director
Cook Inletkeeper

Submitted on behalf of:
Toby Smith, Executive Director
Alaska Center for the Environment

Acting Mayor Matt Claman
Municipality of Anchorage
P.O. Box 196650
Anchorage, AK 99519

January 17, 2009

"Given the fiscal implications of the Port Expansion, it is imperative that the Mayor's Office, the Assembly, and the public understand the demonstrated need for this huge project and the Municipality's plans for its construction and operations funding. It is difficult to imagine how a project of this size, scope and cost could have proceeded as far as it has without such basic information being made available to the public a long time ago."

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Michael J. Frank
Staff Attorney
Trustees for Alaska
1026 W. 4th Ave., Suite 201 Anchorage, AK 99501

Robert N. Jones
Chief, Assistance and Investigations Division
Engineer Inspector General
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
U.S Department of the Army

February 10, 2009

"In the meantime, construction has begun on the multi-year Port of Anchorage expansion project. To date, funding for the project has come from over $200 million dollars in federal earmarks, and the Port is now seeking an addition $75 million of federal funding. Notwithstanding this huge federal investment, to date the Corps has been unable, or is unwilling, to answer Cook Inletkeeper's detailed challenges to the accuracy of the information the Corps' Alaska District Office used in granting the permit. This is a violation of the Corps' policy concerning timely responses to Data Quality Act challenges, and belies the repeated promises that Cook Inletkeeper has received stating that a response to the Request would be coming shortly."

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