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Construction began in August 2011 to build a new earth and rock fill dam adjacent to the existing dam. Since then, the Contractor has moved over three million cubic yards of earth and rock materials to make room for the new dam. Crews have prepared disposal sites, constructed a soldier pile tie-back wall to stabilize a landslide in the right abutment (the right side of the valley as you face downstream from the dam, away from the reservoir), and began injecting cement grout deep into the joints in the rock of the dam’s foundation.
In mid- June of 2012, during excavation of the large hill known as “Observation Hill” on the left side of the valley (if you are looking downstream, standing with your back to the reservoir), the Contractor encountered unexpected geologic conditions that could contribute to the instability of the left abutment and spillway area as designed. These features were not visible at the ground surface, and were not apparent during the extensive pre-construction geotechnical investigations. Therefore, the excavation cut slope in “Observation Hill” has been re-designed to “lay back” the slope to a flatter slope in order to produce a final slope that will be stable during construction and over the entire life of the new dam. The team has excavated to the new dam’s foundation and has started to build the new dam. In addition, we have begun construction of connecting outlets from the reservoir, and successfully completed the first 2-month closure of Calaveras Road in spring 2012. However, there is still a great deal of work that lies ahead, with the project only 48% percent complete as of July 2013.
Future Road Closure
A future 18 month road closure is scheduled to begin sometime in 2014. During the closure, Calaveras Road will be CLOSED to vehicle, pedestrian, and bicycle traffic between Geary Road to the Alameda / Santa Clara County boundary, weekdays only. To stay updated, please join our road closure notification mailing list by emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org or calling our 24 hour answer hotline at (866) 973-1476.
The project consists of building a new zoned earth and rock fill dam immediately downstream of the existing dam. The replacement dam will have a structural height of 220-feet high and is designed to accommodate a maximum credible earthquake on the Calaveras Fault. The dam will have a crest length of 1,210 feet, a base thickness of 1,180 feet, and crest thickness of 80 feet. The total volume of the dam will be approximately 3.5 million cubic yards. The replacement dam will restore the original reservoir capacity of 96,850 acre-feet, or 31 billion gallons of water.