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Port of Anchorage Intermodal Expansion Project Concept Design Study Completed

March 7, 2013, Anchorage, Alaska –

The Municipality of Anchorage, the Maritime Administration (MARAD), and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Alaska District (USACE) announce the completion of the Port of Anchorage Intermodal Expansion Project Concept Design Study (Concept Design Study).

Three concept design alternatives have been prepared for the Port of Anchorage Intermodal Expansion Project (PIEP) based on findings of the Suitability Study. An overview of the concept alternatives, the evaluation criteria used to select a recommended alternative, and the estimated investment costs will be presented to the Anchorage Assembly.

The presentation is scheduled for:

Anchorage Assembly Presentation

Date: Friday, March 8, 2013

Time: 12:00 – 1:00pm

Location: Mayor’s Conference Room

The Municipality of Anchorage will be reviewing the information from both the Port of Anchorage Intermodal Expansion Project Suitability Study and the Concept Design Study over the coming months to determine the most appropriate path forward for the PIEP.

“The Port of Anchorage is a strategic seaport and a vital asset for the entire state,” said Anchorage Mayor Dan Sullivan. “The Concept Design Study needs to be carefully reviewed to ensure that the expansion project is successful going forward.”

The Municipality of Anchorage and MARAD contracted with USACE to facilitate the Concept Design Study. USACE contracted with CH2M Hill, a global engineering firm, to develop three concept design alternatives for the PIEP. The Concept Design Study commenced with a planning charrette to seek stakeholder input – more than 50 Port Stakeholders from maritime companies including shippers, tug/barge operators, pilots, and other port users along with local, state, and federal agencies participated. The work continued with design development, development of alternative evaluation criteria, and estimation of investment costs for each of the three alternatives.

A full version of the report will be available by close of business March 8th, online at

http://www.portofalaska.com/expansion-project.html.

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