The Bridge Creek Pipeline Replacement Project replaced two existing parallel pipelines, 12 and 14 inches in diameter, that carry water 10 miles from the Bridge Creek source to Bend’s Water Filtration Facility. The old pipelines were built in the 1920s and 1950s. Over the years they became fragile, in poor repair, and vulnerable.
The project also included adding screening at the water intake facility to protect fish and new features to control the rate water is diverted, keeping more water for fish in Bridge and Tumalo Creeks. Before this project began, intake facility had not been updated since it was originally built in 1926.
Pipeline construction in Skyliners Road began in March 2014 following the ruling by the Federal Court on February 14, 2014 which allowed the City to construct this section of the pipeline. This portion of the pipeline work was completed in January 2015.
In December 2014, the City received a federal court decision approving the Forest Service Special Use Permit allowing for the City’s continued use of Bridge Creek water, and completion of the construction of the new pipeline.
Construction of the remaining pipeline sections and the intake facility was completed in Spring 2016.