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LOWER MONUMENTAL LOCK AND DAM, WASHINGTON (Continued)
COMPARISON OF FEDERAL COST ESTIMATE: The current cost estimate (Corps of Engineers funds only) of $150,000,000 is a decrease of $1,000,000 over the latest estimate ($151,000,000) submitted to Congress. This decrease is due to reanalysis of requirements for Supervision and Administration.
Mr. Rabaut. This is another project that is not yet started. When will you let the first contract?
General Starbird. The funds appropriated for this fiscal year were $1 million. Actually, the first contract has been advertised and we expect to obligate the full sum by the end of the year, although there will be unexpended a very small sum. We expect actually to award twocontracts this year.
Mr. Rabaut. That will be under the appropriation for $1 million?
General Starbibd. That is correct.
Mr. Rabaut. And you think you will use this $8 million this coming year?
General Starbird. Yes, sir; we do. We will move into large-scale construction.
Mr. Magnuson. Mr. Chairman.
Mr. Rabaut. The gentleman from Washington.
Mr. Magnuson. Are your Ice Harbor contractors bidding on Lower Monumental?
General Starbird. I cannot tell yet, sir. The only construction item awarded as of the present moment is the highway. None of the big work has been advertised for an award yet. I would like to correct that. On the road it has been advertised, but not awarded.
Mr. Rabaut. The relocations in this one are also quite high. Is there any indication that you know of that they may be reduced in cost?
General Starbird. None as yet, sir. The relocations are quite extensive here. They consist of a railroad on both sides of the river. The total estimated cost of relocation runs $40 million, primarily in the railroad, sir. We have had recent experience in this case of Ice Harbor, so I would say that our estimates are reasonably accurate with regard to this relocation. We may, as in some of the others we have found, run into geologic difficulties. However, as I mentioned to you yesterday, on these structures along the Snake River we seem to be able to get a better estimate of the underground conditions.
Mr. Andersen. Mr. Chairman.
Mr. Rabaut. The gentleman from Minnesota.
Mr. Andersen. There seems to be an extreme amount of relocation, $40 million worth, on this one project. General, what does that entail? I am a little bit curious.
General Starbird. It entails picking two railroads
Mr. Andersen. Which two railroads are those?
General Starbird. The Spokane, Portland & Southwestern Railroad, which actually turns out of the reservoir area, and the Union Pacific Railroad. The Union Pacific is on the south shore for the most part, and then a division of the Union Pacific provides for one line which continues along the south shore and others which cross to the north shore.
Mr. Andersen. How much of the line do they have to rebuild to get around the damsite?
General Starbird. I think it is approximately 65 miles, sir.
Mr. Andersen. In other words, you have to go inland from the river?
General Starbird. You have to move up on the river banks.
Mr. Rabaut. If you think this relocation is something to take cognizance of you should note the cost on John Day. That is $152 million.
Mr. Magnuson. General, you did not mention the Northern Pacific, but the justifications show the Northern Pacific 26.7 miles.
General Starbird. I should have mentioned the Northern Pacific. It runs over the Spokane, Portland & Southwestern line for a way and then continues on on the north shore. You are correct.
Mr. Rabaut. Do they use the same trackage?
General Starbird. Part of the way, sir.
Mr. Rabaut. I was thinking about that and I was wondering if they could both use the same trackage. I do not suppose that they could.
General Starbird. There is only one on each side of the river. They are on opposite sides of the river.
Mr. Rabaut. But with the amount of money involved, what about a bridge? It would cost a lot less. Has this been considered?
General Starbird. One of them, of course, turns off and goes off toward or through Kahlotus. The matter of coordinated operation on the amalgamated track that way might be a substantial difficulty. I cannot answer the question as to whether they can
Mr. Rabaut. It has been studied, I hope, with an idea of saving some money?
General Starbird. I am told by Mr. Brown that this was studied in detail in connection with Ice Harbor and Lower Monumental projects, and it was not possible to show a saving.
Mr. Rabaut. I hope it was studied, because these are big bills.
Mr. Andersen. Mr. Chairman, might I comment that as a man who worked for the Army Engineers in years gone by, for a short time, I want you to know that the Army Engineers are certainly studying a matter of that nature in a project before coming before this committee.
M'nary Lock And Dam
Mr. Rabaut. We will take up McNary lock and dam, $258,000. We will insert pages 119 through 124 of the justifications.
(Pp. 119 through 124 of the justifications are as follows:)