Granite Construction wins contract for San Clemente, Carmel River dam removal

California American Water has awarded a US$61 million contract to Granite Construction Incorporated for the removal of the San Clemente and Carmel River dams in California.

The project is part of the Carmel River Reroute and San Clemente Dam Removal Project, will see Granite Construction (NYSE: GVA) create a new combined flow reach and reroute channel in addition to removing the two dams.

The work will reroute 3,000 feet of the Carmel River into San Clemente Creek, the company said, in order to improve steelhead trout passage and upland habitat restoration.

“We’re proud to have been selected for this innovate project, which solves a safety issue for the community and benefits the Carmel River and its wildlife,” Granite president and CEO James H. Roberts said.

The dam removal is expected to begin in July, with work continuing for the next 28 months. reported in September 2009 that California American Water — a subsidiary of water and wastewater utility American Water — had filed an application with California’s Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) requesting permission to remove the dams.

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