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Hamilton to Begin Work on Bend Park and Recreation Colorado Dam Safe Passage Project

Hamilton to Begin Work on Bend Park and Recreation Colorado Dam Safe Passage Project


For information contact:
Linda Scronce-Johnson, Hamilton Construction Co.


Bend Park and Recreation Colorado Dam Safe Passage Project

Bend, Ore. – Hamilton Construction Co. has received Notice of Intent to Award and a contract to begin work on the Bend Park and Recreation Colorado Dam Safe Passage project. Work will begin October 1 on this project which will re-establish habitat on the Deschutes River, reduce hazards and create an “adjustable” white water channel for kayakers and inner tubes.

In 2013, Hamilton was selected as the CM/GC (Construction Manager/General Contractor) for this project and has been working with the park district and designer of the project OTAK Engineering on the design for almost 18 months.

The project removes portions of the existing dam downstream of Bend’s Colorado Avenue and fully removes the existing pedestrian bridge to allow inner-tubers and kayakers safe access through the Colorado Avenue corridor. A set of mildly stepped riffles will be built on the west side allowing tubers to easily traverse the rapids. Down the center of the channel a series of white water features will be placed to allow the more experienced kayaker or fool hardy tuber to get tossed around a bit. These white water features are adjustable and in the case of an emergency, water can be mostly diverted from one channel to another by means of remotely adjustable gates. A habitat channel will be built on the eastern shore of the Deschutes. This will include multiple water cascades and shallow bedding areas and back water areas for fish and other aquatic animals.

As well as the water channels, a new pedestrian bridge will be constructed at the location between the existing pedestrian bridge and the Colorado Ave. Road Bridge. The structure will be a weather steel wide flange bridge with a concrete cast-in-place deck. The center span steps out to allow for a viewing area overlooking the white water channel. There is extensive use of form liner and precast paneling in the sub-structure and walls. Decorative steel rail will cap off the structure.

Work starts the first of October. Project Completion is October 1 of 2015.

More information about the project can be found at the Bend Park and Recreation Website —