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Drive-down float design at 35-percent stage


Daily News Staff Writer

Design work for the new Bar Harbor drive-down float project has reached the 35-percent stage, prompting the city to schedule a public presentation regarding the design for Dec. 11.

Long sought by commercial fishermen and others, the project will provide a float that vehicles can drive onto for the purpose of on- and off-loading fishing gear, supplies and other materials with vessels moored at the float.

Using a drive-down float to transfer material between vessels and vehicles typically is easier than using a fixed dock.

The Ketchikan City Council selected the Bar Harbor site for the drive-down float in June following a conceptual design and site selection work session in May, according to city information.

PND Engineers Inc. has the design contract and recently reached the 35-percent stage for the design.

"The 35-percent design is the first real design you see," said City of Ketchikan Port and Harbors Director Steve Corporon. "This is the one where you really want to hear input."

The city is soliciting public comment on the 35-percent design at the Dec. 11 meeting of the Port and Harbors Advisory Board.

It’s important to hear from people now about what works and what doesn’t so changes can be incorporated into the design at this stage.

"You don’t want to see a lot of changes at (the 65-percent or 100-percent design stages)," Corporon said.

The proposed design envisions a 48-foot by 120-foot float in south Bar Harbor accessed by a 20-foot by 48-foot approach dock and a 17-foot by 140-foot transfer bridge connected to the parking area behind the Madison Lumber and Hardware store.

A 103-foot section of Float 2 (at the end) would be replaced by the 72-foot by 92-foot net float that would be relocated from its present location nearby, according to the PND design document. The last 10-foot by 73-foot dog-leg section of the existing transient float would be removed and relocated.

The drive-down float is proposed to have water service via two freeze-protected hose bibbs, according to city information. There would be glare-shielded lighting, but no shore power.

The drive-down float would have a 3,500-pound capacity crane, while the existing crane nearby at the top of the transient float ramp would remain in place.

"That's one of the questions we want to make sure we answer," Corporon said. "We're proposing a smaller crane down on the float and leaving the larger crane there. We want to hear from people: Is that a good idea, a bad idea?"

A workshop presentation and public comment opportunity regarding the 35-percent design of the Bar Harbor drive-down float project will occur during the Port and Harbors Advisory Board meeting, which will start at 7 p.m. Dec. 11 at the Ted Ferry Civic Center.

The proposed design and other information is available on the City of Ketchikan website, in the "Harbor" section of the Port and Harbors Department portion of the website at: www.city.ketchikan.ak.us/departments/ports/harbor.html.