Anchorage Firm Wins Katmai Construction Contract
An Anchorage construction firm has been awarded a $5.34 million contract for the construction of a permanent bridge and boardwalk over the Brooks River in Katmai National Park and Preserve.
STG Incorporated was selected as the contractor last week by the National Park Service. Work is expected to begin in August 2017 and be completed by the start of the 2018 visitor season.
The project includes construction of a permanent bridge to replace an aging, seasonal floating bridge over the Brooks River. A boardwalk will link the bridge to high ground adjacent to Brooks Lodge and neighboring facilities at the Brooks Camp visitor area. Brooks Camp is the most-visited area within the 4 million acre national park, and known worldwide for its bear viewing opportunities. The new bridge will provide safer visitor and employee access from the lodge and campground on the north side of the river to the south. The southern side of the bridge and boardwalk will end near an existing bear viewing platform, trails to additional bear viewing platforms and the road to the Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes.
The floating bridge that is installed every summer and removed every fall is sometimes closed because of brown bears being on or close to the access trail or the bridge itself. The new bridge also will allow for safer disposal of septic sludge and more efficient utility connections.
Construction staging will begin in August 2017. The pile driving and other construction work will begin after Brooks Camp is closed in the fall of 2017 and continue through the winter. Construction is scheduled to be completed by June 1, 2018.
STG Incorporated, a subsidiary of the Calista Corporation, has experience in similar remote construction work, having built facilities at the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center at Portage, and an elevated boardwalk at Tuntutuliak in Southwest Alaska.