Excavation, Ready Mixed Concrete, Material Hauling, Rehabilitation; Box Elder County, Utah: Emergency Watershed Improvements

January 31, 2012


Owner: Box Elder County

General Contractor: Staker Parson

Completion Date: November 2011

Location: Box Elder County, Utah

Staker Parson Companies entered into three contracts with Box Elder county to repair damage caused by severe flooding to the Blue Creek/Hansel Valley area in Box Elder County. Blue Creek/Hansel Valley is part of a NRCS Emergency Watershed. Work included constructing waterway dips, constructing diversions and waterways and constructing three emergency watersheds. The work site encompassed 130,000 acres including private farmed lands and state and county roads.

There were many stakeholders involved on this project, including private landowners and the county. Construction had to be extremely accurate to ensure the diversions were not overbuilt but met the requirements to hold a certain capacity of water. The project team, including Staker Parson’s project manager, superintendents, NRCS and Box Elder County officials, met regularly with landowners to discuss construction activities. Because of the frequent and positive communication between the landowners and project team, the final product was satisfactory for all stakeholders.

Weather was also a challenging aspect of this job. An extremely wet spring added excess water to the work area that had already been damaged by flooding. When a storm event occurred, water was constantly moving to the work areas. Staker Parson Companies used pumps to help remove excess water and changed work patterns from north to south so that water from a storm was held above the work area without creating a flood situation. Staker Parson’s job foreman left his home at 3:30 am most mornings to check the work conditions as it was hard to determine if it was going to rain or how much it would rain. Because of several rained-out days, Staker Parson employed 10 D8 dozers working 7 days a week to maintain the construction schedule.

  • 1.1 million cubic yards of material moved
  • 1,800 cubic yards concrete