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North Harbor going out to bid

Early next year, Petersburg will start advertising for contractors to replace its oldest harbor. The City Council Monday approved the 95% complete plans for North Harbor and authorized PND Engineers to get the bid process underway. The funding is in place for the nine-million-dollar project, which will completely remove the old, decrepit facility and install a new one of similar size. Matt Lichtenstein asked Harbormaster Glo Wollen about the plans and the construction schedule:

Petersburg’s North Harbor


Most of the funding for the North Harbor replacement has come from the state of Alaska. That includes the original two-and-a-half-million dollars the city received in exchange for taking over the aging facility, which had been owned by the state, in 2005. The legislature kicked in another three-and-a-half million dollars this past session. Petersburg is using over one-point-two-million dollars from its electric utility and smaller amounts from its property development and harbor funds.

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