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December 16, 2002
For More Information Contact:
Diane Gonzolas, Citizen Information Center, 441-7831
Wayne Teten, Antelope Valley Project Manager, 441-4939
Bob Mattson, Army Corps of Engineers, 402-221-3286

Mayor Pleased Antelope Valley Project Moving Ahead
Bid awarded for first phase of channel work

Mayor Don Wesely announced today that the Antelope Valley Project took a major step forward with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers awarding the first bid for the Antelope Creek flood control project.

"The Antelope Valley Project is becoming a reality," said Mayor Wesely. "The first phase of flood control construction could begin early next year."

The Army Corps of Engineers awarded the first phase bid to Hawkins Construction Company for $3.3 million.

This channel improvement construction contract is the first of several for the Antelope Creek project that is designed to accommodate a 100-year flood. The first construction contract involves the improvement of the Antelope Creek channel along the west side of the Devaney Sports Center from Salt Creek to the Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) tracks near 17th and Holdrege streets. When all construction phases are completed, more than 800 homes and 200 businesses will no longer be in the 100-year floodplain.

The first channel construction project will be followed by several additional channel construction projects that will progress upstream to "J" Street.

The channel improvement work is one portion of the larger Antelope Valley Project which includes flood damage reduction, community revitalization and transportation improvements. Work on these community revitalization and transportation facets of the project will take place concurrently with much of the Army Corps of Engineers work. Other roadway and waterway projects will include the construction of 13 bridges and 6.2 miles of new roadway. Planners expect the public investments in reducing the flooding threat and traffic congestion will attract private investments in housing, retail and office developments and community centers.

Three other bids were submitted to the Army Corps of Engineers for the first phase.

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