U.S. awards $7 million contract for Scofield Dam work

The Bureau of Reclamation announced June 19 it awarded a $7 million contract to Gerber Construction of Lehi, Utah, to modify the Scofield Dam spillway on behalf of the Carbon Water Conservancy District.

BuRec said the cost of all modifications planned for the 99-foot tall, 574-foot-long zoned earthfill dam would total about $7 million, less than the $10 million estimate. (HNN 3/13/06) Tasks specified in the contract include replacement of the dam’s concrete spillway chute, the gatehouse on the dam crest, and the highway bridge over the dam.

The portion of the job under the Safety of Dams program will cost $5.8 million, of which BuRec will pay 85 percent and the conservancy district 15 percent. The Utah Department of Transportation and the water conservancy district are paying for non-dam-safety work. The transportation department will pay $670,000 for highway work. The district will pay $350,000 for the control house.

BuRec said it would conduct a pre-construction meeting with the contractor to outline tasks related to Safety of Dams work and other work at the dam. Work is scheduled to begin in early July, and all the work is to be completed in spring 2009.

Scofield Dam is located on the Price River, a tributary of the Green River, about 22 miles northwest of Price, Utah. Construction of the dam began in 1943 and was completed in 1946. It is the principal feature of the Scofield project, which provides seasonal and long-term regulation of the Price River for supplemental irrigation of about 26,000 acres of land, protection from floods, and water for fish propagation.

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