Colorado-Big Thompson Project update: Reclamation awards Pole Hill Canal Contract


Here’s the release from Reclamation (Kara Lamb):

Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner Michael L. Connor has announced the award of a $5,612,780 contract to Lillard and Clark Construction Company Inc. of Denver to replace the Pole Hill Canal on the Colorado-Big Thompson Project near Loveland, Colo.
“Ensuring that Reclamation facilities are reliable is paramount to the mission of delivering water and generating power,” said Commissioner Connor. “This project will create good jobs in Colorado while ensuring that the Pole Hill Canal will safely meet the project demands now and into the future.”

The project will consist of removal of existing concrete lining and structures, installing furnished precast concrete box culverts, installing safety systems including ladders, float systems, guardrails and fences and other work including rock excavation and constructing gravel roads.

The half-mile Pole Hill Canal was built in 1952 and is part of the conveyance system that brings water to the east slope of the Colorado-Big-Thompson Project. The project stores, regulates and diverts water from the Colorado River on the western slope of the Continental Divide to the eastern slope of the Rocky Mountains.

To learn more about this project, please visit Reclamation’s Eastern Colorado Area Office website at

More coverage from Michael Auslen writing for the Loveland Reporter-Herald. From the article:

The half-mile-long canal southwest of Loveland is part of the Colorado-Big Thompson Project, a system of canals and dams that transports water to eastern Colorado communities from the west side of the Continental Divide and generates hydroelectric power.

The canal is uncovered, the primary reason it’s scheduled to be rebuilt and covered with box culverts by the Department of Interior’s Bureau of Reclamation. The bureau is the federal agency that manages the Colorado-Big Thompson Project and similar water diversion projects in Western states.

More Colorado-Big Thompson Project coverage here.

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