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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

The contractors corrected Punchlist items noted during the Architectural Substantial Completion inspection for the building and prepared for Electrical and Mechanical inspections. Concrete sidewalk with bronze fish inlayed was placed in the plaza area east of the Warehouse Building. F&W installed hardwood over the metal flashing cap on the stone wainscot for the buildings. Zastrow started erecting structural timbers for the east picnic canopy.
Pacific Pile and Marine (PPM) repaired major equipment malfunctions and finished breaking and dredging bedrock at the Drive-Down (DD) basin. The post-dredge survey was performed, and review of final quantities is in process.
Engineer and City representatives inspected the head floats and the four main and finger floats (T, U, V, W) for the west two-thirds of the Mooring Basin. PPM corrected the deficiencies and Harris Sand and Gravel started at the west end installing piping for water systems. Drive-down float modules, transfer bridge and related items that were stored in the Seattle area were loaded on a supply barge and towed to Valdez in late-October. Mechanical failure on PPM’s 450-ton crane delayed demobilization of dredging equipment and off-loading the materials from the supply barge. Drive-down and mooring floats will be assembled and staged in the water. Piling for the DD bridge abutment (on uplands) and the mooring frame (at bottom of bridge) will be installed, and DD floats will be assembled and placed during November. The concrete bridge abutment and wing walls will be constructed, and 140-foot long bridge and support pontoon will be lifted in place during December.


DESIGN TEAM - CONSTRUCTION SUPPORT

R&M continued reviewing submittals, including final revisions for the Rock Anchor Pile Installation Plan, responded to Requests for Information (RFIs), clarifications of construction documents and conflicts in the field. When drilling and driving piling and installation of floats resumes in November, R&M will resume inspections and documentation of the work. R&M revised the design for water services from the Uplands to the floats and submitted the plans to ADEC for review and approval.


USACE NAVIGATION IMPROVEMENTS

The USACE indicated they are closing out the Western Marine Construction contract for dredging the navigation channel and float basin and construction of the breakwaters. The USACE and the City have scheduled a meeting in early November to discuss the contract closeout process and open items. Arcadis and the City will continue coordinating with the USACE for closeout of the contract.


PROJECT ACHIEVEMENTS

• Installed sidewalk with fish inlays at the Warehouse plaza
• Started installing brackets and piping for water systems at the west mooring floats
• Completed dredging the bedrock and surveyed the DD Float basin
• Revised the Rock Anchor Pile Installation Plan for the DD bridge mooring frame

FUTURE MILESTONES

• Perform Substantial Completion inspections for building electrical and mechanical systems
• Start electrical and finish installing mechanical systems on the mooring floats T, U, V and W
• Install piling and piling cap for DD bridge abutment
• Install piling and tension anchors for mooring frame for bottom of the DD bridge
• Construct the concrete abutment and wing walls
• Place the DD floats, bridge and support pontoon
• Closeout City’s contract with USACE for the 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