U.S. to seek high-pressure gate modification at Pinto Dam

The Bureau of Reclamation plans to seek bids for a high-pressure gate modification project at Pinto Dam, part of the Columbia Basin Project in Washington.

With stimulus package funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, Reclamation’s Pacific Northwest Region plans to issue a solicitation about Jan. 29, 2010.

The agency seeks a contractor to furnish and install a new bulkhead gate and guides to be installed underwater. A new steel and stainless steel high-pressure gate leaf is to be fabricated to replace the existing gate leaf. The contractor also is to supply and install a replacement hydraulic control system. The cost of the work is estimated at between $500,000 and $1 million.

A pre-solicitation notice may be obtained from the Federal Business Opportunities Internet site, www.fbo.gov, by entering Solicitation No. R10PS10R19 in the “Keyword/Solicitation #” box. Prospective bidders must register at the Central Contractor Registration database, www.ccr.gov.

A solicitation is expected to be issued about Jan. 29. For information, contact Becky Thomson, Contracting Officer, Bureau of Reclamation – PN – Regional Office, 1150 N. Curtis Road, Suite 100, Boise, ID 83706; (1) 208-378-5107; E-mail: rthomson@usbr.gov.

Pinto Dam outlet works repair, weir construction awarded 

Reclamation awarded a $629,047 contract to M.J. Hughes Construction Inc. of Gresham, Ore., to perform outlet works repair at Pinto Dam and to construct a Brook Lake measurement weir.

The work is to modify existing facilities to divert water from Pinto Dam to Potholes Reservoir via the Potholes Supplemental Feed Route project near Ephrata, Wash. Pinto Dam impounds an off-stream reservoir, Billy Clapp Lake, in eastern Grant County, Wash.

Once completed, the Potholes Supplemental Feed Route is to ensure an adequate supply of water for the south end of the Columbia Basin Project. Work includes construction of an energy dissipater of reinforced concrete at the end of the outlet conduit for Pinto Dam, designed to slow water before it enters Brook Lake just below Pinto Dam. It also includes shaping and strengthening a stilling basin and construction of a concrete outlet at Brook Lake.

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