December 8, 2013 Sections
The Canadian Press - ONLINE EDITION
KODIAK, Alaska - There wasn't much fanfare when cruise ship passengers began using a new $2.8 million, 1,100-foot sidewalk linking Pier 2 to downtown Kodiak.
The sidewalk, along with landscaping, opened Wednesday and is the first phase of the Shelikof Street Pedestrian Improvement Project, the Kodiak Daily Mirror reported (http://is.gd/FFd6Gg) Thursday.
Funding for the project came from the state's cruise ship excise tax fund. The cost includes design, construction and reinforcing a landslide area.
The city's tourism board advertised the new sidewalk, said Discover Kodiak Executive Director Chastity Starrett, but it came as news to some visitors who were waiting for shuttles to town from the last cruise ship of the year.
The Mirror reports other tourists didn't know about the sidewalk.
"He didn't tell us about the walking path," Wendy Kay of Sidney, Australia, said of her cruise director. "They only told us about the shuttle."
When Kay was told the cost of the new walkway, she said, "Well, it is a nice sidewalk."
The second and third phases of the project have not yet started. They are designed to improve parking and other sidewalks along Shelikof Street.
Information from: Kodiak (Alaska) Daily Mirror, http://www.kodiakdailymirror.com