August 8, 2013 | Vol. 39, No. 32

Landfill prepares for incoming North Harbor dredge material

The Petersburg Landfill is selling its scrap metal as it clears the way for more than 40,000 cubic yards of dredge material that will come from the North Harbor.

Kyle Clayton / Petersburg Pilot
A view of the North Harbor after the majority of the floats and pilings had been removed. Dredging is scheduled to begin September 1.

Karl Hagerman, Petersburg Public Works Director, said Juneau’s Channel Construction is paying the borough $67.50 per ton to remove the metal—a good price compared to 2010 when the borough last sold its scrap metal for $30 per ton.

“They’ll start loading the scrap metal around August 15,” Hagerman said. “It will take about a week to clear out the metal, probably about 1000 tons.”

Dredge loads are scheduled to start heading to the landfill September 1. A barge will transport the material to Scow Bay and unload it at the container yard. Alaska Marine Lines will then transport the loads in trucks along Mitkof Highway until Hungerford Hill and follow the airport bypass road on the way to the landfill.

“It should be behind the scenes and miss a lot of public right of ways,” Hagerman said.

The borough also saved money by baling 270 piles of old tires from the landfill to create a separation berm at the shooting range.

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