New harbor groundbreaking ceremony this Friday
Low-key event will be informal but public is invited to symbolic kick off
A ceremonial ground-breaking for the new boat harbor is set for Friday.
“Because of the space available we are just going to do remarks” by city officials, Allie Hendrickson, the city’s deputy city clerk said in an email to the Valdez Star. “It will be relatively informal.”
Two weeks ago, city officials said a photo opportunity with Mayor Larry Weaver and heavy equipment was in the works for the event, slated for 11:30 a.m.
“This is not going to be a big community party,” city manager John Hozey said Monday night during the regularly scheduled council meeting. “We will have a very large community ribbon cutting upon completion of the project.”
Completion on the $65 million project is not expected until 2018; there are also unfunded portions of the overall facility that have no firm construction dates.
It is unclear exactly when contractors will actually begin construction.
“We’ll be seeing them mobilize very quickly,” Hozey said.
A mild Valdez winter with record low snow levels is expected allow for an extended construction season in Valdez this year. Construction is also mandated to begin before the month of May so that nesting shore birds do not colonize the site to delay work.
A $20 million bond package was approved by Valdez voters last October after the city received roughly $21 million in Federal funding to support the project, along with state grants and funds contributed directly from the city’s tax base.