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New Harbor Project

New Harbor Project                                                           City of Valdez Photo

The City of Valdez New Harbor Development Project is a multi-year, phased project to build a new harbor basin and upland facilities on the south side of the old Hotel Hill site. The new harbor will include docks/moorage capacity, vehicle parking lot, additional vessel launch ramps, and support services. New access roads and pedestrian walkways will be included to provide increased waterfront accessibility.

PROJECT BENEFITS

• Increased moorage capacity
• Additional launch ramps
• Greater waterfront access for boaters and the non-boating public
• Additional local economic activity
• Opportunity for service industry development and support for the fishing industry


CONSTRUCTION UPDATE

Phase 2 Uplands Facilities and Inner Harbor Facilities

Pacific Pile and Marine (PPM) installed the remaining piles and grouted the rock anchors for the Drive Down (DD) float mooring frame, installed the support pontoon, grating, and bullrail on the transfer bridge, and connected all the modules that make up the 90’ X 90’ DD float. PPM tested and confirmed the tension of rock anchors in mooring frame piles met the design specifications. The contractor started installing fence on the DD bridge and fenders, bullrails and other appurtenances on the DD float.

Harris Sand & Gravel (HSG) continued installing pipe for water systems on the Mooring Basin head floats and main floats T to W and started installing insulated “Arctic” pipe on the DD bridge for potable water service to the DD float. Puffin Electric continued pulling electrical cable and installing power pedestals for Mooring Basin floats T to W.

DESIGN TEAM - CONSTRUCTION SUPPORT

R&M continued reviewing submittals and resubmittals, responded to Requests for Information (RFIs), clarifications of construction documents and evaluated conflicts in the field. R&M also continued inspection of drilling and driving of piling and inspected the grouting and testing of rock anchors.

USACE NAVIGATION IMPROVEMENTS

The contract with USACE is still open and the City anticipates receiving financial information that will lead to closure. The Coast Guard still needs to install the Aids to Navigation features for the new harbor.


PROJECT ACHIEVEMENTS

• Placed roofing and finished most of the work for the east and west picnic canopies
• Installed two vertical piling, mooring frame and grouted rock anchors for the DD bridge
• Completed placing concrete for DD bridge abutment retaining wall

FUTURE MILESTONES

• Finish installing electrical and mechanical systems for mooring floats S to W
• Install the piling and floats for Gangway 3 and R-float
• Install electrical and mechanical systems for mooring float R and the DD float
• Closeout City’s contract with USACE for the navigation dredging and breakwater work
• Commission and test the Bilge Treatment equipment (after the mooring floats are completed)

If you have any questions, please contact:

Ron Rozak
Construction Manager
ARCADIS, U.S., Inc.
(907) 382-2933
Nathan Duval
Director of Capital Facilities
City of Valdez            
(907) 835-5478