City Set to Update Choke Canyon Dam Infrastructure

$5.5 Million Project Scheduled for March 2023 Completion

CORPUS CHRISTI, TX – At today’s regularly scheduled City Council meeting, Mayor Paulette Guajardo and City Council awarded a contract to H&S Constructors, Inc to construct upgrades and improvements on the Choke Canyon Dam Infrastructure for $5.5 million.

Owned by the United States Bureau of Reclamation (USBR), Choke Canyon Dam is maintained by the city. The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) requires periodic dam safety inspections.

As a result of TCEQ inspections, the following upgrades were recommended to the Choke Canyon Dam infrastructure:

  • Gate control systems at the emergency spillway and the low flow outlet tower
  • Outlet tower trash racks renovation
  • Stop log system safety improvements.
  • Concrete spalls repairs on the emergency spillway chute
  • Modernization and stabilization of the gantry crane

Construction of a new maintenance building also will be a part of the upgrades. The maintenance facility will be a small metal building with an engineered slab and limited electricity for lights and outlets.

Construction is scheduled to begin this month and is set to be completed in March 2023.

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