Tutor Perini Corporation says that it and Brosamer & Wall, Inc. in a joint venture have been awarded contract valued at approximately $178 million by the U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Reclamation, for the Friant-Kern Canal Middle Reach Capacity Correction Phase I project in central California, southeast of Visalia.
The canal delivers water to one million acres of some of the most productive farmland in the country and provides drinking water to thousands of San Joaquin Valley residents, the contractor said in an Oct. 11 statement. The project will restore water conveyance capacity in a 33-mile section of the canal’s middle reach, where it has been most restricted due to land subsidence in the area that has occurred over the past decades. When complete, the project will return the canal’s conveyance capacity from the current 1,600 cubic feet per second (cfs) to the original 4,000 cfs.
Construction is expected to begin in November 2021 with substantial completion anticipated in June 2024.