Mertarvik Relocation

Project Detailsx


Location: Mertarvik, AK

Year Completed: 2019


> Site Planning & Design
> Geotechnical Investigation
> Regulatory Plan Preparation
> Permitting


Project Overview x

The village of Newtok has been facing extreme erosion that has slowly engulfed its structures, and for many years, the community has been trying to relocate to escape this problem. After planning for several years, the community is moving to Mertarvik, which is nine miles away from Newtok. However, moving an entire village is no small feat, and engineering plays a vital role in making it possible.

Under a term contract with Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium, HDL played a crucial role in establishing the necessary infrastructure that allowed for the residents to move to Mertarvik. With extensive experience working in rural villages throughout Alaska and a deep understanding of relationship management with village leaders, HDL had a unique advantage in the Mertarvik Barge and Quarry Road Project.

The access road from the barge site to the new village of Mertarvik was critical to Newtok’s relocation effort because it allowed for the delivery of equipment and construction materials required for development. HDL provided design for both potential improvements that would increase the safety, efficiency, and capability of relocating the community to Mertarvik.

HDL’s work for the Mertarvik Barge Access Road included developing material gradations for the roadway structural section and armor rock to reduce seasonal impacts due to river erosion. The design also incorporated appropriate horizontal and vertical alignment to allow for the safe movement of large containers and buildings into the village. Additionally, HDL worked with the community to provide necessary amenities and provided construction administration to maximize production efficiency, minimize costs, and ensure quality.