The Skagway ferry dock is floating again. But it’s still not ready to host Alaska Marine Highway ferries.
Western Marine Construction of Juneau began working at low tide Tuesday to pump water out of the chambers that float the dock.
State transportation department spokesman Jeremy Woodrow says all 24 chambers were flooded. He says it’s still not clear why.
Skagway city officials think a potable water pipe that runs from the ferry terminal to the dock and underneath may have burst, but Woodrow says the state is not yet ready to declare that as the official cause.
He says DOT engineers are inspecting the dock and divers will exam the structure underwater.
Early estimates indicate repairs may run around $400,000. Woodrow says passenger ramp, electrical system and vehicle ramp hydraulic system repairs are underway, and other work will likely need to be done.
Ferry service has been suspended to Skagway until at least May 9th.
- Owners of the dilapidated Bergmann Hotel say they are selling their downtown properties. The historic hotel was shut down in March after being condemned by the city over safety hazards.
- The remains of Kyle Stevens, 31, have been found. Missing after taking off from Russian Mission last week, Stevens’ body was recovered Friday in the Yukon River near the village. The crashed plane was found days earlier.
- Tribal groups from opposite ends of the state have formed an alliance to fight mines they say threaten traditional fisheries.
- The deadline for bids and public comment on a proposed Haines-area timber sale has been extended. The University of Alaska is offering up 400 acres of old growth Sitka spruce and western hemlock on the Chilkat Peninsula.