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New Harbor Project

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.

• 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

Phase 2 Uplands Facilities and Inner Harbor Facilities -

Uplands facilities work primarily focused on the Warehouse Building with completion of shower and restroom walls and ceilings, interior painting and exterior canopies, installation of mechanical, plumbing, fuel system, electrical and telecommunications equipment. At the Bilge Treatment Building, Mantech finished installing mechanical piping, valves and fittings and Oil Trap installed the bilge treatment equipment. East Restroom toilet partitions and accessories were installed. Zastrow installed reinforcement and placed concrete for the slab at the third pedestrian gangway approach.

During periodic lower tide levels, Pacific Pile and Marine (PPM) continued breaking bedrock with a large hydraulic hammer attached to an EX1200 excavator while an 870 excavator with bucket chipped and excavated rock in the West basin.  Approximately 30,000 cubic yards total sediment and rock has been dredged by the EX1200 excavator with clam bucket on the Flexi-Float barge and transported by tug and dump barge to the offshore disposal site. Current work progress indicates that rock blasting might finish by mid-August and the dredging and disposal might finish by late-August.

PPM submitted a plan for installing piling and floats for the Mooring Basin that was reviewed by R&M. Fabrication and assembly of the mooring basin floats and pedestrian gangways is mostly completed and being loaded on a barge in Seattle. The drive-down float modules, transfer bridge and pontoon, and related items are reported to be fabricated and components are stored at Seattle area facilities. Two barges with pile driving equipment, piling and floats for the West mooring basin departed Seattle on July 29 and are scheduled to arrive in Valdez on August 8.


R&M continued reviewing some submittals and the Pile Driving Plan, responded to Requests for Information (RFIs), clarifications of construction documents and conflicts in the field, performed Special Inspections and observations of building and site work, and observations of drilling and dredging.


The USACE is administering the Western Marine Construction (WMC) contract for dredging the navigation channel and float basin and construction of the breakwaters. The USACE is reportedly working toward fiscal closeout of their contract with WMC. Arcadis will continue coordinating the closeout of the City’s contract with USACE.


•Loaded barge with mooring floats and continued assembly of drive-down float components at Seattle area shops

•Installed most of the electrical and mechanical equipment and fixtures at Warehouse

•Finished painting at Warehouse and installed partitions and remaining accessories in Restroom

•Placed concrete for Gangway #3 approach slab, curbs & gutter

•Blasted and dredged 90% of total bedrock quantity at the West basin

•Blasted and dredged 25% of total bedrock quantity at the East basin


Place concrete for sidewalks at East Restroom, Bilge Building and Warehouse Building

Install landscaping and paving except for construction zone at abutment for Drive-Down Bridge

Commission and test the Bilge Treatment Building equipment

Commission and test all systems for the Warehouse Building

Perform Substantial Completion Inspections for Uplands Facilities

Finish breaking and dredging bedrock and survey the Mooring (West) Basin

Finish blasting and dredging bedrock at Drive-Down Float (East) Basin

Submit Rock Anchor Pile Installation Plan for Drive-Down Bridge Mooring Frame

Mobilize equipment and material, start driving piles and installing mooring floats for West basin

Closeout City’s contract with USACE for the dredging and breakwater work

If you have any questions, please contact:

Ron Rozak
Construction Manager
(907) 382-2933
Nathan Duval
Director of Capital Facilities
City of Valdez            
(907) 835-5478