Valdez, Army Corps of Engineers mull plans for second small boat harbor

Posted: Monday, August 06, 2001

VALDEZ (AP) -- Valdez city officials are considering two possible sites for a second small boat harbor.

City officials have been working with the Army Corps of Engineers to develop plans for two possible sites. One is just to the east of Alyeska Pipeline Service Co.'s Ship Escort Response Vessel System facility. The other is at the site of the Sea Otter RV park.

City officials say neither plan would alleviate the city's chronic need for more space for pleasure boats. The city currently has a waiting list of 200. Either plan would create space for no more than 150 boats.

Construction at the proposed site east of the SERVS facility would cost approximately $15 million, of which Valdez would pick up $9.7 million. The other site has an estimated construction cost of $13.8 million, with Valdez picking up $6.9 million.

Army Corps of Engineers Project Manager Andrea Elconin said the corps could sign off on a project by June 2002, get funding from Congress and begin construction by 2004.

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