The Kodiak Island Borough announced the Anton Larsen Bay dock closure and removal date in anticipation of a new dock’s installation.

Beginning Sept. 14, the dock will be closed and removed before construction of the new dock starts. The borough expects the new dock to be finished by Oct. 31, officials said.

People will still be able to use the nearby boat ramp while the new dock is installed.

The new dock will be twice as long and two feet wider than the existing dock.

The KIB assembly previously awarded a $555,000 contract to Rainier Welding in Washington for the dock fabrication.

In March, the assembly awarded a $944,000 contract to Pacific Pile and Marine at a March meeting for the dock installation.

Funding for the project came from several state and federal grants, as well as the borough, according to a memo about the fabrication contract.

The dock, originally built in 1985, received improvements in 1995, but “is well past its useful life and has been in need of replacement for some time,” according to the memo.

Originally built to support the Terror Lake Hydroelectric Project, residents of Port Lions often use the dock after boating the 15 miles from the village to the dock. Fishing vessels also occasionally use it.

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