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The most precarious, and perhaps the most spectacular phase of the construction program, was the diversion of the river. This matter of river control required an exacting performance of construction operations to conform with the cycles of river flow. Excavation for the cofferdams totaled 1,328,735 cubic yards, and the fills 1,502,000 yards. The contractors reported the cost of river diversion to be nearly 6,000,000. MWAK Co. removed a pay quantity of common excavation for the dam...
West bank river diversion for excavation and construction of the first phase, or base, of the Grand Coulee Dam.
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Clifford R. Koester
Water diversion--Columbia River; Diversion weirs--Columbia River; Diversion weirs--Designs and plans--Columbia River; Steam cranes--Washington (State)--Grand Coulee Dam
United States--Washington (State)--Grant County--Grand Coulee Dam site, Grand Coulee Dam (Wash.)
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