By Chris Ruecker
February 18, 2008
The City is taking new steps to develop the downtown docks.
Hot on the heels of the nearly finished berth three development,
the city has contracted PND Engineering of Seattle for preliminary
plans for a complete redesign of the current berths 1 & 2.
The preliminary site plan was unveiled Wednesday the 6th at the
Ted Ferry Civic Center to mixed reviews. The plans call for a
more streamlined traffic flow on the new dock with lanes that
allow bus traffic exclusively and those that will allow mixed
vehicular modes. The plan also allows for fairly large raised
pedestrian zones around which vehicular traffic would flow. What
you will also find is concrete, miles of it. The proposed dock
would replace our current distinctive wooden structure with a
concrete monolith. It doesn't have to be that way! The principal
in charge of the project at PND made it clear that for the same
or a similar price to the proposed concrete structure a new steel
piled and wood decked dock could be built.
It's time for the citizens of this community to weigh in! Do
we want to build a new concrete dock that has no connection to
the city, that cuts off the public's access to the water, that
doesn't set us apart but rather makes us more like every other
destination on our visitors itinerary? Or is it possible to accentuate
what makes this town great? Let's showcase our resources, our
heritage and our local craftsmanship instead of literally paving
it all over. Let's make our waterfront look like Ketchikan rather
than Fort Lauderdale.
About: "Full Time Ketchikan
Received February 13, 2008
- Published February 18, 2008
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