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Corps awards $131.5 million contract for Pipestem project

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers awarded a $131.5 million contract for the construction of the Pipestem Dam safety modification project.

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This embankment is eroding away near the emergency spillway at the Pipestem Reservoir.
John M. Steiner / The Jamestown Sun file photo
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JAMESTOWN – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers awarded a $131.5 million contract to Barnard Construction Co. out of Bozeman, Montana, for the construction of the Pipestem Dam safety modification project, according to Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D.

Through his role on the Senate Energy and Water Development Appropriations Committee, Hoeven said he worked with the Corps of Engineers to make sure the project was funded in the annual work plan and to keep it on schedule. The Corps of Engineers received $136.5 million earlier this year to complete the Pipestem Dam safety modification project.

He said he made the project a priority with Army Corps Chief Lt. Gen. Scott Spellmon during his confirmation process in 2020.

“Finalizing this contract is another important step forward for this vital project at Pipestem Dam,” said Hoeven. “We worked to fully fund the remainder of the safety modification project to keep this effort on schedule, helping to prevent further erosion, maintaining the integrity of the dam and protecting the Jamestown region against the threat of flooding.”

The contract comes in addition to the $40 million award that Hoeven secured for the project last year.

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The Pipestem Dam safety modification project consists of building a concrete terminal structure on the downstream end of Pipestem Creek and filling in the eroded areas with concrete. The downstream end of Pipestem Creek is where erosion could happen because of a drop-off.

The emergency spillway is located west of the paved road across the top of Pipestem Dam. Immediately south of the spillway is a broad relatively level area that had previously been used as a shooting range. From that area, there is a steeper slope with nearly a 90-foot vertical drop to Pipestem Creek below. The area where the steeper drop is located is at risk of eroding away.

Masaki Ova joined The Jamestown Sun in August 2021 as a reporter. He grew up on a farm near Pingree, N.D. He majored in communications at the University of Jamestown, N.D.
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