It was a big milestone Friday for the drive down dock project on the Petersburg waterfront. Tamico, the contracting company building the new dock, lowered a 140-foot transfer bridge into place. That bridge will allow vehicles to drive onto a new 180-foot float still being assembled two miles south of town in Scow Bay.
The 7.8-million dollar project will add a new place for loading and unloading vessels. It’s being built with 10.8 million dollars in state grant money, inserted in past capital budgets by then-co-chair of the state Senate finance committee, Republican Bert Stedman of Sitka. Stedman visited the site Friday morning and Joe Viechnicki spoke with him along with Petersburg’s very excited and proud harbormaster Glorianne Wollen just before a crane lowered the transfer bridge into place.
The new dock is expected to be finished sometime later this winter.