County to Seek Construction Bids for Eagle Canyon Dam Project
RIVERSIDE – The Eagle Canyon Dam and Debris Basin, a flood control project to protect East Palm Canyon Drive in Cathedral City from heavy storm runoff, is on Tuesday’s Board of Supervisors agenda to start seeking bids for a construction contractor.
“Eagle Canyon Dam is a very important, fully funded project that required obtaining many approvals to get to this step,” said Supervisor John J. Benoit. “Once it is built, the dam will provide sufficient flood protection to businesses on East Palm Canyon, which experienced heavy flooding twice in the last four years.”
“Excavation of a dam at Eagle Canyon has long been a priority of the Cathedral City Council,” said Cathedral City Mayor Kathy DeRosa. “It is vital to the city’s ability to attract new businesses to the nearby section of East Palm Canyon and to the vitality of the businesses already located there. We are thankful for Supervisor Benoit’s assistance during the recent August flood and appreciate our partnership with the Riverside County Flood Control and Water Conservation District to make this project a priority and moving it forward to avoid future flooding in the area.”
The Eagle Canyon foothills sit to the southwest of East Palm Canyon Drive near its intersection with Canyon Plaza Drive in Cathedral City. The existing condition in the canyon is unable to prevent runoff from the mountains from sending water and mud down the canyon. Businesses along East Palm Canyon Drive faced heavy flooding, occurring on July 20, 2008 and, most recently, Aug. 30, 2012, which closed the road for several hours.
When built, the dam will prevent water, sediment and debris from flowing into the streets. Cathedral City is funding a portion of the project to clean up the dam site.
The Riverside County Flood District also is prepared to begin construction on an underground storm drain system known as Line 43 that will serve as the outlet for Eagle Canyon Dam and provide drainage for the local area downstream of the dam.
Construction for both projects is planned to start in 2013 and to take about one year. The storm drain system is a critical part of making sure the full benefit of the dam is realized.
Once the Board of Supervisors approves the plans and specifications Tuesday, the Riverside County Flood Control District will accept sealed proposals for construction at the flood district office until 2 p.m. Jan. 17, 2013. The specifications and contract documents will be available for contractors to examine at the district’s office in Riverside, 1995 Market St.
A location map of the project can be found at the agenda item: http://riversidecountyca.iqm2.com/Citizens/FileOpen.aspx?Type=14&ID=1049&Inline=True.