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Corps of Engineers advertises for proposals to build Unalaska floating breakwaters


ANCHORAGE - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Alaska District, is advertising
for proposals to construct and install two floating breakwaters to complete a
harbor project in Unalaska begun in 2008. The Corps recently received funding
from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) to complete the
project. The City of Unalaska, as the local sponsor, also contributes to the
project.

"Project cost depends on the bidding climate," said Steve Boardman, Civil
Project Management branch chief. "We are hoping for competitive proposals."

The request for proposals calls for construction and installation of two
concrete floating breakwaters, one 500 feet long and one 900 feet long to
enclose a recently constructed harbor. The project is located in Unalaska at
an area called Little South America on Amaknak Island in the Aleutian Chain,
800 air miles from Anchorage.

The proposals are due Sept. 1. The Corps plans to award the contract by Sept.
30 in order to obligate the ARRA funds and fulfill the ARRA objectives of
creating jobs and stimulating the economy.

Under a previous contract for this harbor, the Corps constructed a 640-foot
long rubblemound breakwater, dredged 26,000 cubic yards of sand from the
moorage basin, and constructed a launch ramp. The previous project also
included constructing 30 artificial reefs in three locations near the new
harbor as environmental mitigation. The contract, awarded in 2008, was
completed in November 2009.

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