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Controversial Alaskan harbour project gets under way

Project Updates // February 27, 2017

KNHS reports that ground has been broken on one of the most controversial projects in Haines in Alaska in recent years.

The small boat harbour expansion is entering its first phase of development. Over the next year, contractors will deepen the harbor basin, build a steel wave barrier, replace moorage pilings and add on to the uplands area.

“There’s gonna need to be a lot of patience exercised by everyone,” said Shawn Bell, interim public facilities director. He says harbor patrons will have to get used to some noise and disruptions.

“There’s gonna be inconvenience, there’s gonna be delays and issues that aren’t gonna be the easiest to deal with,” Bell said. “But that’s just the reality of construction, and hopefully the payoff is worth all the trouble.”

The payoff is a harbour that can accommodate more vessels and better serve the Haines fishing fleet.

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