KODIAK — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will begin preliminary drilling for the St. Paul Harbor dredging project next week.

The Corps announced Wednesday that Denali Drilling will drill four exploratory holes in the harbor’s entrance channel starting Tuesday.

The drilling is expected to continue around the clock to Thursday morning, and Denali likely will use the landing craft Cape Douglas as a drilling platform, the Kodiak harbor office said.

During the drilling, harbor traffic will be limited to one lane, and anchor lines will be marked by buoys to assist mariners.

The drilling comes in preparation for an extensive harbor dredging process scheduled to begin in summer 2013.

Earlier this year, an initial announcement indicated that full-scale dredging would begin as early as this summer.

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