CBJ mulls expanding gravel quarry

The city-owned Stabler’s Point Quarry is running out of rock.

“This year was a record year for the amount of rock,” CBJ public works director Rorie Watt said Monday. “There was an enormous amount of activity, an enormous amount of rock.”

Success has brought a problem. “At this point, especially with this summer’s efforts at Statter Harbor, we have mined to the outer limits of what was approved,” City and Borough of Juneau lands and resources manager Greg Chaney told members of the Juneau Assembly’s lands committee on Monday.

“2015 was so productive,” Chaney wrote in a memo dated Dec. 28, “that Stabler’s Point Quarry has extended to the limits of the area that was supposed to last until the year 2021.”

Speaking to the lands committee, Chaney outlined tentative plans for expanding the city-owned gravel quarry in Auke Bay. Those plans include seeking a new permit that includes a quarry footprint almost twice the size of the existing pit.

Where is the rock going? Into city and state projects across the borough.

In 2002, when the quarry began selling rock to contractors directly, CBJ documents stated that Stabler’s Point was the only quarry in the borough that was producing material with quality sufficient for state and federal construction contracts.

Bob Millard, at the time a CBJ engineering associate, suggested opening the quarry to contractors in order to open competition and cut costs. Before the quarry, contractors sometimes had to obtain quality rock from Washington state, then ship it to Juneau by barge, limiting supply and increasing cost.

Opening the quarry did exactly what was predicted.

“I really think that’s a huge benefit to the community,” Watt said.

Keeping the quarry going would require a bigger footprint.

Chaney said the CBJ may seek a permit that would allow excavation farther into the mountain, away from Glacier Highway. An alternative approach involves construction of a small haul road from the existing gravel pit to the inland end of an expanded quarry site. At that inland end, a second gravel pit could be started, allowing two contractors to work in the pit simultaneously.

In either case, expansion might require the removal of nearby cliffs, Chaney said. That could make the gravel quarry more visible to neighbors.

If the expansion takes place, according to Chaney’s memo, it would extend the life of the quarry through 2026.

More in News

The Aurora Borealis glows over the Mendenhall Glacier in 2014. (Michael Penn / Juneau Empire File)
Aurora forecast

Forecasts from the University of Alaska Fairbanks’ Geophysical Institute for the week of Jan. 22

(Michael Penn / Juneau Empire File)
Juneau man indicted on child pornography charges

A Juneau man was indicted Thursday on charges of possessing or accessing… Continue reading

Mark Sabbatini / Juneau Empire 
Juneau’s municipal and state legislative members, their staff, and city lobbyists gather in the Assembly chambers Thursday meeting for an overview of how the Alaska State Legislature and politicians in Washington, D.C., are affecting local issues.
Local leaders, lawmakers and lobbyists discuss political plans for coming year

Morning meeting looks at local impact of state, national political climates.

This photo shows pills police say were seized after a suspicious package was searched. (Juneau Police Department)
Police: 1,000 fentanyl pills, 86 grams of meth seized

Juneau man arrested on felony charges.

(Michael Penn / Juneau Empire File)
Police calls for Friday, Jan. 27, 2023

This report contains information from law enforcement and public safety agencies.

Courtesy Photo / CCFR 
Capital City Fire/Rescue Capt. Anne Wilcock received the Emery Valentine Leadership Award at the 2022 CCFR awards banquet on Saturday, Jan. 14.
CCFR honors responders during annual banquet

Capital City Fire/Rescue hosted its 2022 awards banquet earlier this month as… Continue reading

A resident and his dog walk past the taped off portion of the Basin Road Trestle after it suffered damaged from a rockslide earlier this week. The trestle is open to pedestrians, but will remain closed to vehicular traffic until structural repairs are made, according to city officials. (Clarise Larson / Juneau Empire)
Rocky road: Basin Road Trestle open to pedestrians, remains closed to vehicles

City officials say repairs are currently being assessed after damaging rockfall

Library Director Dave Berry and Advisory Board Chair Kate Finn participate in Library Advisory Board meeting on Tuesday Jan. 17, 2023, at Homer City Hall, in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Emilie Springer/Homer News)
Homer Library Advisory Board upholds decision to retain LGBTQ+ books

A citizen’s group last year submitted a petition asking that the books be removed from the children’s section

Courtesy Photo / Juneau Police Department 
This photo shows Woodrow Farrell Eagleman who police say after going missing on Jan. 11 was seen leaving town on Jan. 12 via airport surveillance.
Police: Man reported missing took plane out of town

A Juneau man recently reported as missing was found leaving town on… Continue reading

Most Read