Other than changing the view to the north, the Knik Arm Crossing would not impact the look of Anchorage much at all, even in the long term, according to the latest study of the proposed bridge released Dec. 8.
Military construction activity continues to decline across Alaska, but work with other federal agencies should keep government contractors busy. Overall, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers expects to have $410 million worth of work available on more than 400 projects in the state during the federal fiscal year 2015, which runs from Oct. 1 to Sept. 30, according to Alaska Contracting Division Chief Chris Tew. That is about flat compared to the $416 million spent in fiscal year 2014.
The Municipality of Anchorage is looking to recoup up to $340 million in the two lawsuits it has against contributors to the failed Port of Anchorage Intermodal Expansion Project. Outside municipal counsel Bennett Greenberg said at an Oct. 28 Alaska U.S. District Court hearing in Anchorage that the city hopes to recover a combined $300 million from project manager Integrated Concepts and Research Corp., former port designer PND Engineers and CH2M Hill Alaska, which now owns dock design consultant VECO Alaska.