Congressman Harold "Hal" Rogers announced Wednesday that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has notified key congressional leaders that the agency has awarded a $341 million joint venture contract to Treviicos Corporation and Soletanche Bachy for the construction of a 4200-foot concrete barrier wall at Wolf Creek Dam. After vigorous technical review, the contract is expected to be let by the Corps today, and construction on the barrier wall is slated to begin in 2008.
"Shoring up Wolf Creek Dam for boaters and fishermen, lake-dependent businesses, hydropower, and water strapped communities is of utmost importance and I am pleased to see a decision on the wall contract," stated Rogers. "Going forward, safety remains my top priority for the Wolf Creek Dam project, and while challenges remain, I am optimistic that the Corps and these contractors are well-equipped to safely move this important project towards completion and end seepage issues at the lake. We must continue to work cooperatively to solidify the dam and attract visitors from our communities and neighboring states."
Both companies have a long history with dam rehabilitation and construction efforts. Treviicos has successfully worked in conjunction with the Corps on a number of dam safety projects in the past, including the cutoff wall at McAlpine Lock and Dam in Louisville and a diaphragm wall at W.F. George Dam in Alabama. Soletanche Bachy specializes in all aspects of modern geotechnics and foundation engineering. In 1988, Soletanche was awarded a Corps' contract to construct a diaphragm wall at Mud Mountain Dam on the White River in the State of Washington.
The Wolf Creek Dam project is the top dam safety project for the Corps in the nation. Already over $98 million in federal funding has been dedicated toward this initiative, including $57 million Rogers helped secure in the Army Corps of Engineers' FY09 budget. The House Appropriations Committee approved this funding in the Energy & Water Appropriations bill on June 26, 2008.
Rogers serves as a senior member of the House Appropriations Committee. Through this role, Rogers supports important initiatives in the Fifth Congressional District.