Docks and Harbors Board sets meeting to discuss continued development at Aurora Harbor

The first phase of the Aurora Harbor rebuild was recently completed, and the next phase is about to get going.

The Docks and Harbor division of the City and Borough of Juneau is holding a special board meeting Thursday to announce the winner of the bid to work on the second phase of the long-term project.

The meeting, set to take place at noon Thursday in City Hall Conference Room 224, will present the low bidder to the Docks and Harbors Board for approval. If the board approves the contractor, the decision will then go to the CBJ Assembly for approval. This meeting, like every board meeting, is open to the public, Port Admin Assistant Jennifer Shinn said.

Initially, the rebuild was projected to be done in two phases, but has since been divided into more, smaller phases due to lack of funding. This particular phase deals with the boat shelters in the harbor, as Port Engineer Gary Gillette explained. The supporting “fingers” of the dock that support the boat shelters will be revamped. At the outset of the project, the shelters will be moved out, then the fingers will be replaced and the shelters will be moved back to their original spots.

“We’re not increasing capacity or anything,” Gillette said, “but making everything new and accommodating the boat shelters.”

This phase is estimated to cost a little over $4 million with the costs of the construction and the design, Gillette said.

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