California Awards Contractor $275M Contract to Fix Troubled Dam

April 19, 2017

California water officials say they have awarded a contract to repair Oroville Dam’s two damaged spillways to a Nebraska construction company.

The Department of Water Resources announced that Kiewit Corp. of Omaha was awarded a $275 million contract to repair the state’s second largest reservoir.

Kiewit made the lowest bid of the three companies but its offer is still higher than the $231 million estimated by the department. The department said Saturday it estimated repair costs at $220 million but corrected that figure on Monday after finding an error.

Officials have said they want to have the work done by Nov. 1.

In February, authorities ordered the evacuation of 188,000 people downstream after surging releases of water tore away big chunks of the spillways.

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  • April 19, 2017 at 5:52 pm
    Counterpoint says:
    I have two questions. One; isn't it better that they are using a contractor that can offer the lowest price or best work regardless of location? Two; doesn't the bulk of the m... read more
  • April 19, 2017 at 2:08 pm
    Reality Check says:
    Isn't it funny how California can't even afford to use its own contractor? I just hope they make them use California subs and supplies. Seems like we could use the corporate a... read more
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