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February 1, 2010

UPDATE: Drilling to begin at Turkey Peak site

If all goes as planned, the next phase of the Turkey Peak Reservoir project will begin in March with the drilling of 60 holes across the future lake and roadway sites as firms start the geotechnical and archeological surveys.

The Palo Pinto County Municipal Water District Board of Directors gave their approval Friday afternoon for HDR Engineering to contract with two firms and a Santo construction company to begin the surveys when the necessary access approvals from five landowners are obtained.

“Overall, we’re drilling about 55 to 60 holes,” Ken Choffel of HDR Engineering told the board of directors. “A lot are shallow road holes.”

They will be drilling about 20 deep holes in the new Turkey Peak dam area, seven of which will include packer pressure tests in the bedrock.

One boring into the spillway to test the strength of the materials will be a little tricky, Choffel said.

Drilling in the Lake Palo Pinto dam where the new bridge and road will be built are also going to be performed, according to information presented to the board of directors.

The surveys are more in-depth than the Wilson Hollow surveys completed several years ago because it is a final design phase investigation, the board was informed.

The archeological survey will also be performed at the same time to create the least disruption, Choffel said.

Larger pits will be dug with a backhoe that allow a person to walk into it and collect samples.

The process should take about three months if they are able to obtain two drilling rigs, Fugro Consultants told the board of directors.

The sites of the holes will be staked first to allow input from landowners.

“We’re hoping by the fall or the end of the year to get the reports to y’all,” Choffel said.

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