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Sitka dam expansion going over estimated cost

By Associated Press 1:23 PM February 27, 2014

Most of the overrun comes from the construction of a temporary water filtration plant at Indian River.

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) – The Blue Lake dam expansion near Sitka will go over estimates by $3.6 million.

The Sitka assembly received the news Tuesday night from utility manager Chris Brewton. The original price tag for expansion of the dam, including new backup diesel generators, was $142 million, KCAW (http://bit.ly/NzNftP) reported.

Most of the overrun comes from the construction of a temporary water filtration plant at Indian River. The temporary filtration system was budgeted for $2 million, but Brewton now estimates the total cost to be $4.7 million.

An additional cost overrun is in debris removal. It was initially budgeted for around $1.5 million. Total costs now are at $2.3 million, $800,000 over the original budget.

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Information from: Daily Sitka (Alaska) Sentinel, http://www.sitkasentinel.com/

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