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Newtok Planning Group

Quarry Development

Among the many good qualities of the Mertarvik site is the presence of a promising material site known as "Hill 460", located approximately two miles uphill and to the southwest of the new village townsite at Mertarvik (see location, to the left on map below).  Gravel is needed for many aspects of new village development, from road and airport development to building pads, however it can be extremely expensive to barge to remote villages in Alaska.  Having a material site close by is a significant resource to Newtok's relocation effort. 

From July 24 through August 3, 2011, the Innovative Readiness Training Program's Air National Guard 202 RED HORSE (Rapid Engineer Deployable Heavy Operational Repair Squadron Engineers) team brought in bulldozers and an excavator to begin development of the rock quarry on Hill 460. The services of an Alaska-based driller/blaster was contracted to shoot the rock at Hill 460. Approximately 100,000 cubic yards of loosened material was generated from the area shot.

Photo below: Map showing location of Hill 460 at Mertarvik.

  Source: DOT/PF

Photos below: material stockpiled at Mertarvik quarry site following blasting.

Photo: Craig Boeckman, DOT/PF

 Photo: Craig Boeckman, DOT/PF

For more information contact:

Sally Russell Cox

Division of Community and Regional Affairs
Department of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development
550 West 7th Avenue, Suite 1640
Anchorage, AK 99501
Phone: (907) 269-4588 FAX: (907) 269-4066