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Contract awarded for Lac qui Parle Dam modernization

Published Nov. 13, 2020

ST. PAUL, Minn. –The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Paul District, awarded a $5.7 million contract to Drax, Inc., out of Madison, Wisconsin, for the modernization of the Lac qui Parle Dam near Watson, Minnesota, yesterday, Nov. 12.

“This project is important for the safe and efficient maintenance, inspection and repair of the gates while maintaining proper control of the Lac qui Parle Reservoir water elevations,” said Will Wolkerstorfer, project manager. 

The contract will modernize the dam by installing a stop log system that allows each gate bay to be dewatered independent of the others. Dewatering each bay separately provides maintenance, inspections and repair of the dam and gates to be conducted more safely. The improvements will also help Corps officials manage Minnesota River flows and the Lac qui Parle Reservoir pool elevations during maintenance.

Construction is set to begin in 2021. The project includes a 12-foot extension of the concrete piers on the upstream side of the dam and the installation of a stop log system on the piers on both the upstream and downstream side of the dam. During the construction, the gates will be replaced along with the operating gear for opening and closing the gates.

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Release no. 20-202