Juneau Port Director Carl Uchytil speaks to the Juneau Chamber of Commerce at its weekly luncheon at the Elizabeth Peratrovich Hall on Thursday, June 20, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)                                Juneau Port Director Carl Uchytil speaks to the Juneau Chamber of Commerce at its weekly luncheon at the Elizabeth Peratrovich Hall on Thursday, June 20, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Juneau Port Director Carl Uchytil speaks to the Juneau Chamber of Commerce at its weekly luncheon at the Elizabeth Peratrovich Hall on Thursday, June 20, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire) Juneau Port Director Carl Uchytil speaks to the Juneau Chamber of Commerce at its weekly luncheon at the Elizabeth Peratrovich Hall on Thursday, June 20, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Work on deck: Here’s what’s going on with Statter Harbor, Archipelago Lot and dock electrification

Expect progress this year on all three

If a port director is only as good as their next project, then Carl Uchytil is doing great.

The City and Borough of Juneau port director has about four projects in the works. During a Thursday presentation to the Greater Juneau Chamber of Commerce, Uchytil offered updates on Don D. Statter Harbor, the Archipelago Lot, dock electrification and an upcoming trip to Washington, D.C.

“I will be traveling to D.C. Monday through Wednesday, and I will be meeting with various federal officials, just chatting with them about bringing grant funding back to Juneau,” Uchytil said in an interview after his presentation. I will be discussing with NOAA (National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration) what opportunities there will be to home port a future NOAA vessel in Juneau.”

Don D. Statter Memorial Boat Harbor in Auke Bay is one of the facilities that could benefit from those grant dollars, Uchytil said.

He said it’s time to replace the roughly 30-year-old breakwater — a structure that protects a harbor from waves.

High winds send waves crashing into the breakwater at the Don Statter Memorial Boat Harbor in Auke Bay on Tuesday. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)

High winds send waves crashing into the breakwater at the Don Statter Memorial Boat Harbor in Auke Bay on Tuesday. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)

Statter Harbor improvements are a project that could be eligible for federal funds. First, Congress will need to put it on a work list.

Another work-in-progress project is the development of the Archipelago Lot.

The area on South Franklin Street was previously used as a food court by vendors, some of whom have since relocated to Franklin Food Court at pocket park.

A deck, bus staging, parking and a shelter are planned for the lot, and work on the project’s first phase could start by the end of next month.

“The Archipelago project is being advertised as we speak,” Uchytil said. “Bid opening day is July 2. If we have successful bidders, then it will be in front of the Assembly on July 8 for approval. We’re hoping the contractor can be onsite within two or three weeks.”

He said steel and rebar have been pre-ordered for the project’s retaining wall.

“We’ve been thinking ahead, and we wanted to get the contractor in there and working as soon as possible,” Uchytil said.

[It hasn’t been easy, but food court is expected to open soon]

Progress toward more dock electrification could be coming by fall.

Previously, the Assembly decided to allocate $300,000 in Marine Passenger Fees to pursuing shore power. Shore power allows cruise ships berthed in Juneau to plug into the city’s electricity and cut down on emissions.

“It will be an FY 20 project, and I don’t have a timeline for when we’ll start drafting the scope of work and request for proposals,” Uchytil said. “It will be some time in probably early fall when we’ll get to it.”

The Holland America Line Eurodam pulls into Juneau’s downtown harbor heading for the city-owned dock on Monday, May 6, 2019. The privately owned South Franklin Dock, foreground, is currently the only dock set up to provide electric power to a ship while at berth in Juneau. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)

The Holland America Line Eurodam pulls into Juneau’s downtown harbor heading for the city-owned dock on Monday, May 6, 2019. The privately owned South Franklin Dock, foreground, is currently the only dock set up to provide electric power to a ship while at berth in Juneau. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)

Dave McCasland, owner of Deckhand Dave’s Fish Tacos, sets up lights on food truck businesses being setup at Gunakedeit Park, also known as Pocket Park, on Thursday, May 9, 2019. The businesses are expected to be open by Monday. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Dave McCasland, owner of Deckhand Dave’s Fish Tacos, sets up lights on food truck businesses being setup at Gunakedeit Park, also known as Pocket Park, on Thursday, May 9, 2019. The businesses are expected to be open by Monday. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

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