The Anton Larsen Bay dock may be closed for business temporarily Sunday and Monday because of a geotechnical investigation.

Matt Gandel, project manager for the Kodiak Island Borough, explained that engineers will be “drilling to see what the soil is like under the water.”

Borough planners still have yet to determine whether the dock piles will be drilled or driven. Also, a drill rig will be brought out to the dock, Gandel reports.

“Since the plan is to put the new dock in pretty much the same location as the old dock, they’re going to have to get pretty close to the dock to do the drilling. So most likely their plan is to do this on Sunday or Monday,” Gandel said.

During that period, there may be times when the shore side of the dock only will be accessible to boats and other times possibly when the dock is not accessible at all.

“I know that it’s heavily used especially in the summer… There’s a chance that they might not be able to tie up to that dock when they show up there,” Gandel said.

A new, possibly larger, replacement dock at Anton Larsen Bay could be completed in the latter half of 2015.

Gandel reports that dock plans, entering the design phase now, are rolling right along.

“This is a big step in the design process so once we get past this we’ll have a better idea of where we are schedule-wise as far as the design. Our plan is to design through the summer and early fall hopefully be able to go out to bid early next year for construction next spring,” he added.

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