JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The state transportation department still doesn't know what caused the failure of a $1 million steel float in Gustavus last winter. It also doesn't have the funds to replace it, and timber floats are in use instead.
Kirk Miller supervises marine design in southeast Alaska for the transportation department. He tells KTOO (http://is.gd/UWKvDD) the float was designed to be removed if it appeared there would be issues because of weather.
Five of the 10 steel piles holding the float in place were damaged in a December storm. He says it should have been unbolted and moved after that, but while the state was working on a plan to replace the piles a second storm came along.
Even though the storms were intense, he says the piles should have held.
Information from: KTOO-FM, http://www.ktoo.org