Bluestone Dam Groundbreaking Ceremony to Begin Phase 3 of Dam Safety Assurance Project

           A groundbreaking ceremony to kick off Phase 3 of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Bluestone Dam Safety Assurance Project will be held Oct. 28, 2010 at 1 p.m. at Bellepointe Park in Hinton, W.Va.

            Among the speakers expected to attend the ceremony are Senator Jay Rockefeller, Congressman Nick Rahall, District Engineer Col. Robert Peterson and Hinton Mayor Joe Blankenship.

            A $48.5 million contract has been awarded 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 overall risk.

            The work includes installing scour protection below the penstock discharge area on the east side of the downstream face of the dam. 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. 

            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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