2020 Project Spotlight: Katlian Bay Road Construction (Sea Level Consulting, LLC)

01/05/2021 4:20 PM | ACRAsphere Blog Team

ACRA is celebrating the work of its member firms through this new series highlighting 2020 projects. To be featured, submit your project here.

Sea Level Consulting has been working on the Katlian Bay Road construction, the first new road construction in Sitka, Alaska in over 50 years. This ongoing project involves the development of 9 miles of new road through a dense temperate rainforest with very steep terrain, and challenging coastal Alaska weather. The firm is contracting with construction firm K&E, Alaska to monitor for cultural resources, and is reporting to the State of Alaska Department of Transportation, the Alaska State Historic Preservation Office, and Sitka Tribe of Alaska. Sea Level Consulting has recovered artifacts relating to a homestead in the 1930s, historic logging, and cataloged nearly 30 culturally modified trees.

According to Alaska State Senator Bert Stedman, who was integral to the project's development and funding, "the project provides access to Katlian Bay with opportunities for recreation, timber, subsistence, and remediation of the Katlian watershed and salmon runs. Access is provided to Shee Atika and Sealaska lands as well as state lands." The project has the added benefit of providing "good-paying jobs" in the region.

More information on the groundbreaking ceremony is available on the Shee Atika website.

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