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Saltwater Fills Dig Site of Juneau Cultural Center
Water from high tides is holding up a major Juneau construction project.
JUNEAU- Water from high tides is holding up a major Juneau construction project.
Saltwater Thursday seeped up and flooded an excavation site for the Tlingit and Haida cultural center to be named for Walter Soboleff.
The site is on Front and Seward streets in downtown Juneau.
Front Street was Juneau's original shoreline. Waste rock from the AJ Mine was used to extend the shoreline.
Construction crews attempted to pump water out of the 15-foot hole.
City engineer Rorie Watt says another high tide expected Friday probably will put water into the excavation again.
The cultural center is to be built over two years with $20 million raised by the Sealaska Heritage Institute.