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Posted on: December 30, 2019

Kelsey Dock Closed to Vehicle Traffic During Snow Season

Photo of the Kelsey Dock covered in snow, with a snow berm blocking the entrance and a "No Vehicl



Beginning in January 2020, traditional snow removal operations on the John Thomas Kelsey Municipal Dock will be suspended.  

The vehicular gates will remain open for emergency access, but daily vehicular access will be prohibited using snow berms. 

To allow for continued community enjoyment of the facility, the pedestrian gates will remain open and Port staff will clear walking trails suitable for foot traffic. 

City Public Works will clear the bus turnaround of snow to ensure ease of traffic flow, as well as provide additional adjacent parking for visitors.

Snow accumulation on the dock itself will be monitored and cleared if it nears the engineer approved load capacity. 

Regular vehicular access will resume as soon as seasonal weather permits.

In response to observed surface damage, Port of Valdez, Public Works, and Alaska Department of Transportation staff assessed the effects of snow removal operations on the Kelsey Dock. Minimizing bladed snow removal and the use of industrial chains was determined to be the most effective solution in extending the lifecycle of the dock’s surface beyond six to eight years.

While closing the dock to vehicles does prohibit the community’s most commonly practiced use of the facility, the Port must strike a balance to responsibly maintain and prolong the life of its infrastructure.

Contact: Jeremy Talbott, Ports & Harbors Department Director - or 907.835.4564
Posted 12.30.2019


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