Construction work on the spillway repair project at Lake Oroville is expected to start soon as the Department of Water Resources has chosen a contractor.
Kiewit Infrastructure West, a Nebraska-based construction company, won the contract with a bid of roughly $275 million.
This was near $44 million more than the state's estimate, but it was still the lowest of the three bids submitted.
Erin Mellon is a project spokeswoman. She says now that a company has been selected, the process will begin moving quickly.
"Construction work has been going on in Oroville for many weeks, but Kiewit has a pre-construction meeting with DWR this morning and work will begin as soon as next week," Mellon says.
The project will unfold in phases, with initial plans calling for a working spillway in place by November. Construction on a permanent spillway will start next year.