The US Bureau of Reclamation (USBR) has awarded a US$5.6M contract to Lillard and Clark Construction Company Inc. to replace the Pole Hill Canal on the Colorado-Big Thompson Project near Loveland, Colorado.

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.