Hairline cracks have been detected in sections of the newly reconstructed flood-control spillway at Oroville Dam.
State and federal officials said they’re confident the cracks don’t pose a safety problem and don’t need to be repaired. However, the state Department of Water Resources, which operates the dam, said it will monitor the concrete surface of the spillway during the rainy season and beyond.
DWR hired Omaha-based contractor Kiewit Corp. to rebuild the spillway after it cracked in two last February, triggering an emergency that led to the evacuation of 188,000 downstream residents.
Kiewit is $500 million job for the job. You think we’d get a little better product.