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From an ADFG News Release:

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game would like to take this opportunity to inform the public of the progress on the Ruth Burnett Sport Fish Hatchery being built in downtown Fairbanks. During this past year a team of consultants and ADF&G staff, have been busy obtaining permits, finalizing a lease agreement, performing geotechnical borings, drilling a water well, defining the design of the facility and preparing contract documents and issuing a competitive advertisement for the Phase 1 site work. We accepted a bid for site preparation and that work will begin this summer. We anticipate the work of excavation, backfilling and compaction of this site to be completed by the fall of this year.

Meanwhile our team continues to work on the design of the overall hatchery facility. We recently completed the 30% design schematic and are now working on the 60% design level which we expect to complete at the end of September. The 90% plans have a scheduled completion date of January 2008. The final construction plans should be ready to bid by June 2008. The design process has been time consuming due to water treatment requirements and the complexity of this type of hatchery. The time spent now on design issues will reduce the number of changes and the associated cost escalations which frequently occur during construction.

Our schedule presently shows the hatchery being completed in August 2009 followed by ADF&G occupancy and startup of operations in the fall of 2009. This meets our stated goal of having the Ruth Burnett Sport Fish Hatchery operational by 2010. Additional information about this project and the Anchorage Sport Fish Hatchery Project can be found here. If you have additional questions, please feel free to contact: Gordon Garcia, Division of Sport Fish, Alaska Department of Fish and Game in Juneau at 907-465-4235.

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