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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 25, 2014
No.: 14-2524
Contact: Jeremy Woodrow, 907-465-8994, Jeremy.Woodrow@alaska.gov  

Alaska DOT&PF Working to Salvage Skagway Dock

(JUNEAU, Alaska) – The Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities (DOT&PF) is working toward salvaging and repairing the Skagway Ferry Terminal dock that was submerged the morning of Thursday, April 24. The Skagway Ferry Terminal remains closed until further notice.

The dock, which is still submerged, is stabilized on the seafloor. All contaminants have been removed from the dock and oil booms remain deployed as a precautionary measure. The exact cause for the submersion remains unknown.

When a salvage and repair plan has been determined, Alaska DOT&PF will issue a request for proposal seeking a contractor to recover, repair and bring the dock back to serviceable use. Once a contract is in place, recovery efforts will begin immediately.

All Alaska Marine Highway System (AMHS) sailings to Skagway for the next two weeks have been canceled. AMHS explored interim ferry service to the community and determined that a viable alternative for both vehicle and walk-on traffic is not available. Ferry service to Haines will continue as previously scheduled.

Further updates will continue to be provided as necessary.

Updates will be posted at FerryAlaska.com. AMHS staff is contacting affected passengers. For ferry schedule information, please call your local terminal by dialing 1-907-465-3941 or toll-free at 1-800-642-0066.

The Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities oversees 239 airports, 10 ferries serving 35 communities, more than 5,600 miles of highway and 776 public facilities throughout the state of Alaska. The mission of the department is to “Keep Alaska Moving through service and infrastructure.”

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