80 To Be Employed
Removal of Coffer Dams Begun on Tumalo Diversion Work Within City–Big Tunnel Now Almost Completed
Preliminary to the task of replacing the C. O. I. canal main flume near the canal’s intake, a camp will be erected by Warren Construction company, beginning Monday, it was announced today. The tearing down of the old flume will begin as soon as the camp is completed.
The flume, according to the contract entered into between the district and the Warren company must be ready to carry water by May 1.
Thirty or forty men will be employed by the Warren company and a similar number by the Continental Pipe company of Seattle, which will have charge of installing the creosoted wood stave pipe of which the flume is to be constructed.
Dam Nearly Ready
Removal of the coffer dams, marking the last stage of construction of the concrete dam for the Deschutes County Municipal Improvement district is the river here, is under way today. The dam begun in September, will be ready for use as soon as the canal, leading to the present Tumalo canal system, is completed. Construction by the United Construction company has been under way throughout the cold weather.
The dam is opposite the city auto camp ground, a short distance below the steel bridge. It is constructed entirely of concrete and steel, including the fish ladder. There are eight steel spillway gates in addition to the large gate which lets the water into the canal, the first few hundred yards of which are completed.
Progress Made in Tunnel
Work is continuing on all parts of the canal, having been resumed on the first days of the new year after being halted during the cold weather late in December. The tunnel near Tumalo creek will be finished before the end of January, according to Will Ellis, superintendent for the construction company. It is probable that all dirt work on the ditch will also be completed by the end of the month, says Ellis.
Three crews are at work putting up trestle for the flume which will be part of the canal.
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