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Corps awards contract to install floating breakwater in Juneau

ANCHORAGE - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Alaska District, awarded a
$600,450 contract to Trucano Construction Company, Inc. of Juneau on July 29
to install a floating breakwater at the small boat harbor on Douglas Island
in Juneau. This is the Corps' third and final phase of protecting the harbor.
Installation will be complete this fall.

The Corps constructed the Douglas harbor in 1962. The City and Borough of
Juneau expanded the harbor in 2007 by dredging and installing additional
float structures and adding an additional boat launching ramp.

Phase one of the Corps' current project removed a timber dock and constructed
two rock rubblemound breakwaters in 2009. Phase two involved manufacture and
delivery of a 230-foot floating concrete breakwater. The breakwater was
delivered to Juneau earlier this summer.

For the third phase, Trucano Construction Company will drill and drive steel
piles into the rocky seabed under 30 to 40 feet of water to hold the floating
breakwater in place. The floating breakwater will lessen wave energy entering
the harbor.

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