Port officials in this Olympic Peninsula town and executives at Port Townsend Paper have about a week to suggest possible sites where the state might relocate its huge onshore...

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PORT TOWNSEND — Port officials in this Olympic Peninsula town and executives at Port Townsend Paper have about a week to suggest possible sites where the state might relocate its huge onshore dry dock for manufacturing Hood Canal Bridge replacement parts.

Port of Port Townsend commissioners have called for a public-private partnership to relocate the construction site from Port Angeles Harbor to Port Townsend Bay.

The state Department of Transportation originally picked Port Angeles as the site for the dry dock to build pontoons for a new section of the Hood Canal Bridge, but the work was halted after centuries-old Indian remains and artifacts were discovered on the waterfront.

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State Transportation Secretary Doug MacDonald and Gov. Gary Locke announced Dec. 21 that the state was abandoning the Port Angeles project after 17 months. The agency cited a letter from the Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe asking that digging be halted.

The Port of Port Townsend’s executive director, Larry Crockett, said the two most likely options in his city are a graving dock primarily on mill property, with port land for a support site, or a port boatyard site with storage and concrete batching on mill land.