The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation has awarded a $2.9 million contract to construct Alpine Aqueduct Reach 2, part of the Central Utah Project, to an Idaho Falls firm.

The contract was awarded to HK Contractors Inc., of Idaho Falls, for $2,885,797, announced Interior Secretary Donald Hodel.The Alpine Aqueduct extends two directions from Provo Canyon, north to Lehi and south to Provo. The Reach 2 phase of the Alpine Aqueduct will carry water from the Utah Valley Water Treatment Facility at the mouth of Provo Canyon to various delivery points in the city of Orem. The water will be for municipal and industrial uses.

The concrete-and-steel-lined Reach 2 pipeline will be 4.8 miles in length and will vary from 16 to 32 inches in diameter. The work is scheduled to take about 15 months to complete.

Reach 2 is part of the CUP's Bonneville Unit, which will divert 142,500 acre-feet of water from the Uintah Basin in Utah in the Colorado River watershed to Utah's Bonneville Basin, where Salt Lake City is located.