$76 million contract awarded for fish passage works at Cle Elum Dam

5 October 2018

Garco Construction, Inc has won a contract valued at almost US$76 million from the US Bureau of Reclamation for construction services as part of the Cle Elum Dam Fish Passage Project.

Work under this contract involves constructing the juvenile fish facility intake structure, gate chamber, and helix chamber from the previously constructed secant pile shaft and tunnel. Principal components are as follows: earthwork; cast-in-place and precast, reinforced concrete features; structural steel, metal fabrications, architectural features; and mechanical and electrical features.

Built in 1933, Cle Elum Dam is an earth-fill dam that is owned and operated by the Bureau of Reclamation. Cle Elum Dam is located on the Cle Elum River about 75 miles northwest of Yakima, Washington.

The Fish Passage project is a component of the Yakima Basin Integrated Plan, a comprehensive and balanced approach to water resources and ecosystem restoration improvements. The State of Washington and Reclamation continue to fund the construction under a 50/50 cost-share agreement.

Construction activity will begin in spring 2019 and end in the summer 2023.


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