SEA WALK WORK – CBC Construction’s Frank Kimball moves rocks near the Sitka Sound Science Center this morning. Work has begun on the $1.22 million sea walk project including the stretch of sidewalk near the center that had dead-ended at the Crescent Harbor breakwater. The CBC bid for the scenic walk was so far below the estimated cost that five optional additional improvements were added to the project. The project will widen the sidewalk along Crescent Harbor, connect it to a new walkway in front of the Sitka Sound Science Center and add a walkway along the beach to Sitka National Historical Park. The add ons include using Alaska yellow cedar instead of treated lumber for the boardwalk; a walkway spur atop the eastern breakwater of Crescent Harbor; installing site lighting; improving Crescent Park drainage, and adding a trail from the basketball court to the entrance of the Sheldon Jackson Campus. (Daily Sitka Sentinel Photo by James Poulson)
The Friday, April 12, 2013, edition of the Daily Sitka Sentinel features a photo by James Poulson of the start of construction on the new Sitka Sea Walk.
The photo shows an earthmover from CBC Construction starting to move rocks near the Sitka Sound Science Center, which is one of the highlighted stops along the new pathway that will run from Crescent Harbor downtown to the Sitka National Historical Park. The Sitka Assembly awarded the contract to CBC Construction in March, and city officials were able to add five add-ons to the project because the winning bid was so low. The project is funded by cruise tax money and construction is expected to continue into the summer. Click here for more information about the project.