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Docks and Harbors moves CIP list forward

Posted: January 27, 2012 - 1:10am

The Docks and Harbors board unanimously approved its Fiscal Year 2013 Capital Improvement Project list on Thursday. It now heads to the City and Borough of Juneau’s Engineering Department.

The list includes a page of information on each project, listing how many funds the enterprise already has for the projects and how much it’s looking for this upcoming fiscal year.

• The biggest project on the list is for the new cruise ship berths, estimated to cost $47 million for two new floating berths. The project is commonly referred to as 16B.

Docks and Harbors is seeking $4.5 million in state funds from cruise ship impact funds, and $2.6 million in port development fees. It has $16.5 million in state funds and $3 million in local funds already, with $20.4 million more needed (if FY 13 requests are approved).

• The department also is looking for funds for cathodic protection maintenance, which would replace that system downtown and include pile replacement and sheet pile coating. This will cost approximately $500,000 and funds are being sought entirely from marine passenger fees.

• The Auke Bay passenger-for-hire facility is up for funding, which would install a boarding float, gangway and passenger loading zone for cruise ship passengers going on charter tours. The department is asking for $800,000 in port development fees, and needs an additional $4 million for the project.

• The Aurora Harbor rebuilding project also is seeking funding because the moorage facility is “well beyond its design life and in need of replacement.” Total estimated cost is $18 million, with $2 million already allocated from local funds. The enterprise is asking for $2 million from an Alaska Department of Transportation & Public Facilities harbor grant and is vying for $7 million from a potential temporary 1 percent sales tax extension. If funding requests are approved, it would still need $7 million.

• The Auke Bay boat haul-out facility is on the list, seeking $2.3 million from a potential temporary 1 percent sales tax extension. The project would replace the travel lift at Statter Harbor and improve the loading facility — including a washdown pad and water filtering/recycling equipment.

In other business, the board unanimously approved allocating design funds for the Aurora Harbor rebuild. Largely because of funding separation, the project is expected to be completed in phases. Port Engineer Gary Gillette said the first $4 million will go to replacing head floats ‘A’ and ‘B’, the gang ramp and the approach.

Funding received from the state for this project can only go toward construction, so design funds will have to come from the department budget — which is estimated to cost $600,000, including bidding, advertising, administration and other related factors. The design funds will get the project ready to move once the Legislature approves Municipal Harbor Facility Grant funding.

• Contact reporter Sarah Day at 523-2279 or at sarah.day@juneauempire.com.

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