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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 1 UPLANDS CIVIL WORK)
Harris Sand & Gravel (HS&G) installed high mast lights and street lights, backflow preventers with heated enclosures and heat trace system, boardwalks and handrails, sidewalks, curbs, ADA ramps, signs (except signs deferred with paving), performed general site cleanup and started demobilizing equipment and surplus materials. HS&G has finished most of their contract work, except paving and related items which the project team expects will be removed from the Phase 1 contract and performed in a future contract.

R&M Consultants (R&M), City (COV) and Arcadis representatives conducted the Substantial Completion inspection for Civil work on October 5th. Substantial Completion inspections for Structural and Electrical work will occur in November.  In addition to Phase 1 work, HS&G delivered rock to Western Marine Corporation (WMC) for construction of the breakwaters on the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) contract. This activity ceased in late October when WMC shut down construction operations for the season.

EMC provided general observations, primarily for installation of boardwalk and electrical work and Civil Punchlist items. EMC demobilized their laboratory and equipment from the site at the end of the month.

DESIGN
R&M has completed design on all project elements except the Drive Down Ramp and Floats (currently at 95%) and removal of the West Rock in the northwest mooring basin. The Ports & Harbor Commission and City Council held a joint work session on October 17th to discuss procurement options for the remaining work. One option included a potential change order to the existing Phase I Uplands contract for removing the West Rock, which would potentially save cost due to access efficiencies associated with the current USACE dredging and breakwater project and shorten the overall construction duration by about eight months. On November 1st, based on COV Attorney review and Staff recommendation to the City Council, it was determined the risk of this change order option outweighed the benefit to the COV. The Council concurred with the Staff recommendation to combine the remaining project elements into a single bid package for Phase 2 of the project development. It is anticipated that the Ports and Harbor Commission and City Council meetings in November will determine what work elements will be included in Phase 2 and what will be deferred for evaluation in the COV’s waterfront master planning effort. Pending COV approval, the project team will combine the Phase 2 elements into a single bid document with the goal of awarding the contract for Phase 2 work in late March 2017.

USACE NAVIGATION IMPROVEMENTS
The USACE is administering WMC’s performance of the dredging and breakwater contract. WMC was granted a Temporary Land Use Permit from the COV to use the west portion of the Uplands site to stage rock and access the west breakwater, thereby expediting breakwater construction. WMC continued dredging the new harbor basin, hauling rock from Valdez Glacier Quarry, and transporting rock by barge and trucks for construction of the breakwaters until winter shutdown on October 21st. The East and West breakwaters were constructed to approximately elevation +4’ and the South breakwater to +10’. Finish elevation of the breakwaters will be +19’. The COV is coordinating with WMC and USACE to widen the maneuvering channel and create more basin area at the west end.

During November, discussions with WMC and USACE are anticipated to reach mutually acceptable conditions for allowing WMC continued use of the uplands for access and staging rock for breakwater construction. WMC performed a bathymetric survey after winter shutdown. The COV anticipates receiving the survey from USACE in late November. Breakwater construction and basin dredging are several months ahead of schedule. Although WMC has not formally committed, it appears possible the dredging might be finished by early Summer and the breakwaters constructed by early Fall 2017.

PROJECT ACHIEVEMENTS
• Finished pulling wire and installing equipment for site electrical
• Finished construction of boardwalk and picnic areas
• Finished Drive-Down Ramp and Float 95% Design
• Finished installing posts and signs (except for signs deferred with paving)
• Finished installing insulated enclosures for backflow preventers
• Finished installing and testing high mast lights and street lights
• Inspected Civil work for Substantial Completion
• Installed temporary poles to mark site utilities and curbs for snow
• CVEA finished installing transformers and energized part of the primary electrical service


FUTURE MILESTONES
• Inspect Structural and Electrical work for Substantial Completion
• Perform remedial work required by Substantial Completion Inspections
• Finish demobilizing for winter shut-down
• CVEA underground the primary power at the East Access
• Review and reconcile as-built quantities with Contract quantities
• Review Drive-Down Float 95% design documents
• Prepare Phase 2 design package and bid documents
• Issue Fuel Facility Request for Proposal
• April 1, 2017, WMC plans to resume dredging the new harbor basin, hauling rock from Valdez Glacier Quarry, and placing rock by barge and trucks for construction of the breakwaters

QUESTIONS
If you have any questions, please contact:

Ron Rozak
Construction Manager
ARCADIS, U.S., Inc.
(907) 382-2933
Jason Miles
Capital Facilities Director
City of Valdez            
(907) 835-5478