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A harbor for Akutan, but no road to it

City of Akutan photo

Akutan, the Aleutians community with a brand new but so-far unused airport on another island, also has a new harbor but no road connecting it to the town 2 miles away. KUCB reports the harbor was begun by the Army Corps of Engineers with $29 million in federal stimulus money even though the connecting road was likely years in the future. 

For now, the harbor is mostly just a big hole in the ground. While the construction team has finished its work, there’s still no electricity, no running water, and no floats. There’s also no road from the village, which is two miles away, so the only way to access the boat harbor is by boat. That means the harbor is cut off from the village’s grocery store, post office and fuel dock. Steve Boardman is head of the Army Corps of Engineers’ civil projects division. He says transportation situation is unusual.

“Yes. It’s not normal. And it has prevented the construction of harbors in the past, when that supporting infrastructure is not there.”

Boardman says the Corps made an exception in this case because of the harbor’s strategic importance.

Another unknown for the Akutan harbor: There's no guarantee Trident Seafoods, the largest processor in the Aleutians, will use it. Read more at KUCB: Akutan builds harbor first, access later