Corps awards $48.5 million contract for improvements to Bluestone Dam

   The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has awarded a $48.5 million contract to Shaka, Inc. of Jeannette, Pa., for the Penstock Scour Protection System construction for the Bluestone Dam Project, near Hinton, W.Va.  

            This contract is the third phase of the Dam Safety Assurance project that will help bring Bluestone Dam up to modern day safety standards and reduce the risk of failure.

            The work includes installing scour protection below the penstock discharge area on the east side of the downstream face of the dam (in the photo above, the penstocks are on the left side).  The work will install concrete divider walls, right and left training walls and a concrete stilling basin with concrete baffles in the area below the penstocks. 

            “This work is vital for the citizens of the Hinton, the Kanawha Valley and the region,” said Col. Robert Peterson, District Commander.  “This phase of construction will bring us one step closer to modernizing Bluestone Dam and to protecting life and property by reducing the risk of failure.”

            Construction is expected to begin this year and will take about four years to complete.

            The construction was authorized by the Flood Control Act of 1939 (P.L. 76-396), Section 4.

            For more information, contact Project Manager Lisa Morgan at 304-399-5545 or the Public Affairs Office at 304-399-5353.

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