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SOCORRO DIVERSION CHANNEL, TRIBUTARIES OF RIO GRANDE, NEW MEXICO (Cont'd)
FISCAL YEAR 1962: The requested amount of $400,000 is for initiation of construction and will be
60.000 (1.6% of the Estimated
$330,000 Construction Cost)
Local interests are required to maintain and operate the project upon completion. It is
STATUS OF LOCAL COOPERATION: Assurance of ability to meet the requirements of local cooperation was furnished by the Mayor of Socorro on 12 August 1960.
COMPARISON OF FEDERAL COST ESTIMATES: The current Federal cost estimate of $3,700,000 is an increase of $190,000 over the latest estimate ($3,510,000) submitted to Congress. This increase includes $265,000 due to higher price levels and $25,000 Engineering and Design based on a reanalysis of requirements.
PROJECT: Socorro Diversion Charnel,
SUZHARY CONSTRUCTION PROGRAM (PB-1)
FISCAL YEARS 1961 & 1962
Mr. RABAUT. Please explain this new start.
General FLEMING. This is a local protection project for the town of Socorro. The total cost of the project is $4,030,000, of which the Federal cost is $3,700,000. Local cost is $330,000, $60,000 in cash and $270,000 in other costs. 1.2 to 1 is the benefit-to-cost ratio. It is a good project.
The problem here develops because the arroyos coming down from the hills to the valley itself, the drainage structures have been limited at the bottom and to what was necessary to handle the irrigation problem, and when the floods come down, as Mr. Jensen says, when the rain hits you get this tremendous runoff, very quickly. There is no outlet from the arroyos.
The project consists of putting in a collection drain around both sides of the town which will keep runoff from going into these arroyos which have no outlet at the bottom, and we will get the water back into the river. Mr. RABAUT. When will you award the first construction contract !
General FLEMING. We plan the first contract on this to be awarded in the fourth quarter of the coming fiscal year.
Mr. RABAUT. Questions?
Mr. MAGNUSON. How much is the relocation cost for this total project?
General FLEMING. Relocation cost is $479,000.
General FLEMING. There is one railroad, raising the grade, and the bridge. A bridge must be provided. The others are utilities, perhaps some waterlines, electric light lines.
Mr. MAGNUSON. Is the railroad and bridge a big item?
Mr. JENSEN. To give you an idea of the siltation problem they have in this area, I was there some 5 years ago and drove from Albuquerque to Socorro.
The road on which we traveled was on top of two-story buildings where a town of several hundred people had been 50 years ago, and it was completely covered up. Two-story buildings were completely covered. There was no sign of a building or anything else. Off the record. (Discussion held off the record.) Mr. JENSEN. When I saw this situation in Socorro some 5 years ago, I was a stanch advocate of this project being built.
I was quite surprised when I learned, however, that the participation was $330,000 out of a project cost of $3,700,000.
Of course, this project was started and authorized before the committee took the position that henceforth we would expect more local participation. I believe this was some 3 years ago. Many of these projects were almost entirely for local benefit.
I cannot understand why the local participation is not greater than it is on this project because the benefits are almost exclusively local.
Mr. RABAUT. Is the local contribution on this project fixed by law!
General FLEMING. Fixed in the authorization act, sir. We have the usual ABC cooperation, furnishing lands and rights-of-way, and there is a cash contribution specified of 1.6 percent of the estimated construction cost. Actual cost to the town was estimated at $330,000.