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Harbor upgrade could cause boat launch woes

Posted: October 5, 2012 - 12:05am

Statter Harbor may feel some growing pains next summer as the city continues to modernize its Auke Bay harbor.

The first phase of the Statter Harbor improvement project include plans to demolish and rebuild DeHarts, and update existing Statter Harbor infrastructure, Carl Uchytil, docks and harbors director for the City and Borough of Juneau, said at the Chamber of Commerce lunch lecture on Thursday. This work, combined with planned construction at Auke Bay Elementary School and Department of Transportation work on its nearby roundabout spells bad news for users of Statter’s current small boat launch.

“Next year, it is going to stink here if you have a trailer,” Uchytil said.

CBJ awarded Pacific Pile and Marine an $8.3 million contract to complete the first phase.

The second phase at Statter is scheduled to rebuild the boat launch facility. CBJ has the funding to go forward with phase two and is currently going through the permitting process.

Phase three calls for construction of a boat haul-out and boat yard.

The Statter Harbor project will require 4.1 acres of fill.

“We’re pretty confident that we will go out for bids next spring,” Uchytil said.

A $5.4 million CBJ project to improve the Mike Pusich Douglas Harbor has been ongoing since 2007. The project was delayed by a “logjam with permitting,” Uchytil said. However, they may soon get a facelift since the Army Corp of Engineers Alaska said it would complete an environmental assessment for the project.

The project passed a milestone when work on the harbor breakwater was completed. Docks and harbors is considering a floating gangway for pedestrians to “add recreational opportunities to the breakwater,” Uchytil said.

Passage of Juneau’s 1 percent sales tax extension allows Docks and Harbors to kick off its $18 million Aurora Harbor project.

With the tax, CBJ can finish the first two phases of the three-phase project. The $4 million phase one upgrades A and B floats. While phase two, at $7million brings it down to about where the houseboats are.

A discussion of the Aurora Harbor rebuild is scheduled to follow a CIP discussion at the next Docks and Harbor’s board meeting October 17.

Docks and Harbors CIP/Planning Committee Meeting, Yacht Club immediately following: Aurora Harbor Rebuild Project.

For more information on CBJ Docks and Harbor projects visit www.juneau.org/harbors/hot_issues.php

• Contact reporter Russell Stigall at 523-2276 or at russell.stigall@juneauempire.com.

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