Department of Public Works

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Engineers have taken down one of Unalaska's four meteorological (MET) towers after it was damaged in a fall storm. Its loss isn't expected to compromise the city's ongoing energy study testing the feasibility of a local wind farm.

On Hog Island, workers have been preparing a MET tower for winter, anchoring it deeper into the ground. That way, when high winds blow and heavy rain falls, it'll stand up to the elements and avoid damage.

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Ceremonies comprised a good chunk of Tuesday's meeting of the City Council.

Councilors, city staffers, and community members delivered the biggest honors to Mayor Frank Kelty and Councilor Roger Rowland, two longtime local politicians who didn't seek reelection this year.

"I've had a great run," said Kelty. "Unalaska will always be my home."

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The City of Unalaska finished installing the last of four meteorological (MET) towers over the summer. Their purpose is to help the city determine whether Unalaska can produce electricity from wind energy in the future.

The towers are installed at four locations: one on Bunker Hill, another two in Pyramid Valley by Icy Creek and Veronica Lake, and a final one on Hog Island.

The wind development project is led by Unalaska's Department of Public Works, and it's one of seven initiatives underway with its electric fund.

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Starting Tuesday, Unalaskans should expect delays along Captains Bay Road.

Construction crews are surveying the heavily trafficked gravel road to prepare for paving and other improvements slated to unfold over the next four years.

That means drivers may experience delays as long as 10 minutes, between the intersection at Airport Beach Road and the business area at Offshore Systems, Inc.

Summer Construction Season Starts In Unalaska

Jul 7, 2017
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It’s summer construction season in Unalaska, and drivers should expect road closures and delays around the island.

Director of Public Works Tom Cohenour said Captains Bay Road will experience the longest delays.

The road will be narrowed to one lane in August, so the city can trench and install 7,000 feet of new electrical wiring. Road crews will be there to ensure drivers don't wait for long.

“We have it as part of the contract that delays cannot be a longer than eight minutes,” said Coenhour. “That’ll allow traffic to keep flowing as much as possible.”