Bidding for dock project delayed

Project will again go to bid once all land is acquired

City officials are delaying the bidding process for a cruise ship berth expansion after it became known the City and Borough of Juneau did not own all the land needed for the project.

Docks and Harbors Director Carl Uchytil sent out a press release Friday evening announcing the city’s decision to not open bids for the project on Nov. 19 as originally planned. As a result, city officials are expecting cost estimates for the contracted portions of the project to increase due to increased supply costs.

The change is due to the fact that the city has not been transferred the submerged tidelands from the state. A preliminary decision was issued by the Department of Natural Resources saying the city would be given the land after a 30-day period of public comment if no valid reason not to transfer the land was presented during that time, but Assembly members objected to moving forward with a contract without owning all the land to be developed.

Those objections came Wednesday night at the Assembly Finance Committee meeting.

The city will now wait to announce a bid-opening day until a final decision on the transfer of the land comes from the state, which is expected to happen early next year.

A contract would have to be signed by Dec. 27 to secure the estimated supply costs in the current bids, .

• Contact reporter Matt Woolbright at 523-2243 or at matthew.woolbright@juneauempire.com. Follow him on Twitter at https://twitter.com/reportermatt.

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