Corps awards contract for dam repairs.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers recently awarded a multimillion-dollar contract to repair Fern Ridge Dam.
The $16.5 million contract went to Bernard Construction Co. of Bozeman, Mont., for work that could begin May 28.
The company will replace the failed internal drainage system and rebuild the embankment.
The corps hopes to have the dam repaired by November, the start of the flooding season, but said repairs could stretch into 2006.
During the repair, the corps will maintain a minimum reservoir level, severely restricting use for recreation and irrigation.
During the repair, parts of Clear Lake Road, Kirk Road, Orchard Road and Orchard Point Parks Road will be closed.
The closures, delayed from a start expected earlier this week, will run May 30 to Nov. 30. They affect Clear Lake Road, from just east of Kruger Park Road to a point west of Orchard Point Park Road; Kirk Road, from mile post 1.75 to the intersection with Clear Lake Road; and Orchard Road, from mile post .85 to the intersection with Clear Lake Road.
For information on the dam, call (503) 808-4510. For road closures, call 688-8147.
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