Eroding bluffs can be seen on Kenai North Beach in Kenai, Alaska, on June 3, 2021. (Photo by Erin Thompson/Peninsula Clarion)

Eroding bluffs can be seen on Kenai North Beach in Kenai, Alaska, on June 3, 2021. (Photo by Erin Thompson/Peninsula Clarion)

Kenai City Council contracts HDR Engineering for bluff stabilization project

The project aims to install large boulder-armored barriers at the base to absorb the impact from the waves.

The Kenai City Council on Wednesday unanimously passed a resolution to contract HDR Engineering to spearhead its Kenai bluff stabilization project.

In late January, the council requested any interested engineering firms submit their proposals for the project before March 4. After deliberations and scoring over five different firms, HDR Engineering ranked the highest for the bluff stabilization project.

To improve the ongoing erosion issue on the Kenai bluffs, the project aims to install large boulder-armored barriers at the base, approximately 12 feet tall, that are meant to absorb the impact from the waves.

The contract between the city of Kenai and HDR is approximately $716,000, with available contingency of the processing of contract amendments in the amount of approximately $74,000. The council approved the city manager to issue a purchase order to the firm in the amount of approximately $791,000.

Scott Curtin, the city public works director who also presented at the city council meeting, said the city, HDR Engineering and the partnering Army Corps of Engineers are still working out how much of the proposed work will need to be funded. Some of the data paid for during previous bluff stabilization initiatives may still be relevant, Curtin said in an interview with the Clarion.

The restabilization will take around a year, Curtin said during the meeting. He estimated he has the funding ready to use.

Around 65% of the funding will come from the state level, and the other 35% will come from the City of Kenai.

Curtin also said during the city council meeting that some of his counterparts at the Army Corps haven’t yet made their funds available for this project.

“I have to have them involved in this process; we have steps that we must have concurrence from them or we are at risk moving forward,” he said during the meeting.

In a memo from Curtin to the city council last month, he requested support for the resolution.

“As council is well aware this project has been an ongoing concern for many years,” he wrote. “This agreement … is intended to allow the City to move forward with the overall design of the project and to provide the City with bid ready plans and specifications.”

Curtin said since this has been a topic in Kenai for around 20 years, some community members have been hearing the same conversations about bluff erosion for a long time.

“I do think it would be a big improvement in the city,” he said during an interview with the Clarion. “It has been an ongoing concern and goal to get those improvements done. We’ve done everything we can to position ourselves [to move forward].”

The resolution, which offered a contract to HDR Engineering for the bluff stabilization initiative, is effective immediately.

Reach reporter Camille Botello at camille.botello@peninsulaclarion.com.

More in News

tease
Man wanted in relation to Amber Alert arrested; missing teenager found

A Fairbanks man wanted in connection to an Amber Alert was arrested… Continue reading

tease
School district extends meal program deadline amid confusion

Credit for breakfast and lunch meals will be provided as needed to… Continue reading

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski speaks at the Kenai Classic Roundtable at Kenai Peninsula College on Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2022 near Soldotna, Alaska. (Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)
Bycatch stirs debate at fisheries roundtable

Bycatch was the issue du jour at Wednesday’s annual Kenai Classic Roundtable… Continue reading

Kenai Peninsula College Director Cheryl Siemers in her office on Aug. 18, 2022 in Soldotna, Alaska. (Jake Dye/Peninsula Clarion)
KPC to welcome back community with open house

One week before the start of the fall semester, Kenai Peninsula College… Continue reading

National Weather Service radar for the Kenai Peninsula and Southcentral Alaska on Aug. 17, 2022. (Screenshot)
Rain, rain and more rain

Low pressure systems drive wet conditions in Southcentral

Sockeye salmon return to Steep Creek to spawn. Alaska’s overall commercial salmon harvest across all species is currently up 15% from 2021 (2020 for pinks) with Bristol Bay and the Prince William Sound largely carrying the weight while other regions lag, according to data from the most recent Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute weekly salmon harvest update. (Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire)
Statewide salmon harvest on the upswing compared to last year

Bristol Bay and Prince William Sound are mainly pulling the weight

Jake Dye / Peninsula Clarion
Congressional candidate Mary Peltola responds to a question during a forum at the Kenai Visitor Center on Aug. 3 in Kenai . Early Wednesday, Peltola had earned 38.4% of first-choice votes in a race that will determine who fills Alaska’s lone U.S. House seat until January.
Mary Peltola responds to a question during a forum at the Kenai Visitor Center on Aug. 3, 2022, in Kenai, Alaska. (Peninsula Clarion/Jake Dye)
Democratic candidate Peltola leads U.S. House race early, but Palin may win in final count

Former governor and Republican U.S. House candidate Sarah Palin stands to benefit from ranked choice voting

COVID-19. (Image courtesy CDC)
COVID hospitalizations on the rise

86 patients were hospitalized with 10 patients on ventilators

Most Read