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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 piling, floats and Gangway 3 for the Mooring Basin. PPM also finished installing fencing on the Drive-Down (DD) transfer bridge, installed the 6” thick Glulam decking, 2” wear surface, fenders, bullrails and two cranes on the DD float. PPM subcontractor Global Diving & Salvage welded anodes on the piling below water. The Madison Bay supply barge with pile driving equipment was towed off the site. On March 1, 2019, PPM suspended self-performed work and Punchlist activities until weather is favorable this spring.

Harris Sand & Gravel (HSG) finished installing hangers and pipe for potable water, sewer and fire protection systems on the mooring basin floats. They continued installing insulated “Arctic” pipe on the DD transfer bridge and gangways, installed pipe for the fire protection system on the DD float and started installing pumps on the floats for the bilge and sewer systems.

Puffin Electric continued installing power pedestals, pulling and terminating electrical cable at substations being installed on the floats. They also installed light poles at the south end of main floats, lights for the gangways, and pulled conduit to the light poles for fiber optic cable to security cameras.

DESIGN TEAM - CONSTRUCTION SUPPORT

R&M continued processing submittals and resubmittals and responded to questions on design documents from field personnel. R&M also finished inspecting the drilling and driving of piling for mooring basin floats and inspected the above water portions of the drive-down and mooring floats with representatives from the City and PPM.



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

Installed piling and floats for headwalk floats M21 and M22, Gangway 3 and R-float, and welded anodes on all piling; this completes installation of all piles and floats
Completed installing the decking, bullrails and fenders on the DD float 
Demobilized the supply barge and most equipment; the pile driving barge and crane remain on site

FUTURE MILESTONES

Finish installing electrical and mechanical systems for mooring and drive-down floats
Start up and test electrical and mechanical systems, including equipment in Bilge Treatment building 
Complete the concrete bridge approach slab for transfer bridge and asphalt paving at east end of site
Substantial Completion inspections on in-water work and remaining sitework items
Closeout City’s contract with USACE for the navigation dredging and breakwater work

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