The mega-expansion project at the Port of Anchorage is running years behind schedule and is costing millions more than budgeted, port officials acknowledge.
Protections for endangered Cook Inlet beluga whales are complicating the project.
A dive crew hired to inspect some areas found gaps in a structure that is supposed to hold back tons of gravel and new land. Parts of the new dock face must be replaced or repaired, according to construction managers.
Shipping companies are concerned. So are Anchorage Assembly members. But Port Director Bill Sheffield said he's confident the construction complications will be overcome, funding will come through, and the huge expansion will be completed.
The city-owned port is vital, the former governor said. Almost everything most Alaskans eat, wear or drive comes through it. The project can't stop now, he said.
"This is the biggest project going on in the state of Alaska, and the port serves 85 percent of the population," Sheffield said.
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