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Selawik Barge Landing Access Road and Boardwalk Improvements

Project No. 0002280/Z637720000

Caption: Project limits map.

We are working to rehabilitate the Barge Landing Access Road and Boardwalk.  The project will include the construction of a new barge staging pad and associated access points, roadside hardware, and utilities.

The purpose of this project is to address structural, maintenance, and safety concerns associated with the Barge Landing Access Road, the barge landing staging area, and community board-roads.

The Barge Landing Access Road is uneven, rutted, and has ponding in some areas. The staging area is in poor condition and is insufficiently sized for adequate storage and equipment maneuverability. This project addresses these concerns by reconstructing the Barge Landing Access Road and upgrading and expanding the staging area. Lighting and fencing around the staging area will also be provided to deter vandalism and enhance security and safety.  The access road and staging pad were completed in 2023.  Work on lighting and fencing will proceed in 2024.

Many of the board-roads in Selawik are in a state of disrepair, are at, or past, the end of their useful life, may be contributing to crashes, and are difficult for ATVs to use. To improve board-road transportation, the board-road streets listed below will be replaced:

  • Barge Landing Access Road and staging area
  • River Street
  • Community Avenue
  • Ballot Street
  • Selawik Street (Completed in 2023)
  • Skin Street (Completed in 2023)
  • North Tundra Street
  • Fourth Avenue

Additionally, this project will revegetate, stabilize, and protect the riverbank under the Rainbow Bridge by installing layers of coconut fiber fabric rolls and planting approximately 17,000 willows.  If water levels allow, there will be a new boardwalk installed under the bridge.

Some utility work will also occur including replacing a number of utility poles and installing new OTZ and GCI facilities (wire/cables).

Work on this project began in summer 2023. We are currently working on installing the utility poles and associated hardware and wire/cables. Boardwalk construction is anticipated to resume in May 2024.

This project is being constructed in cooperation with the Alaska Division of the Federal Highway Administration, the City of Selawik and ASRC SKW Eskimos Inc.