Carley V. Porter Tunnel, part of state water project
Removal of 2.5 million cubic yards of eorth is proceeding under contract to the State Department of Woter Resources Resources to clear the access to the south portal of the Carley V. Porter Tunnel of the State Wafer Project. The south portal entrance is visible at the for end of the excavation excavation orea, in the lower middle section of the photo. The southern portal emerges in the Antelope Volley near Highway 138, 10 miles east of Gorman. The Carley V. Porter Tunnel is the longest in o line of four tunnels through which conserved State Water Project water will cross the Tehachopi Mountains on its way to Southern California. The tunnel, 4.8 miles long and 20 feet in diameter, will deliver 100 million gallons an hour to 14 Southern California agencies for distribution to consumers. State Water Project Runs on Schedule The State Water project Is going ahead on schedule, and water deliveries to Kern County County will get under way in January, January, 1968, according to Water Resources Director William E. Warne. Warne told the California Water Commission that "more than halt of the contracts to construct the State Water Project are completed or under way." That means about $668 million million worth of work has been done so far. But Warne estimated estimated that construction contracts contracts will total $1.5 billion. Of a total of 320 contracts to construct State Water Project facilities, 69 are complete and IM are in progress, Warne said. In the southern San. Joaquin Valley, contracts completed and in progress total 18 per cent of the estimated $198 million final cost of State Water Project facilities there. Of 28 major contracts, six are complete or under way. Key dates Include delivery of water to Napa County and Kern Cotmty in January, 1968, to Los Angeles County in 1971, to San Bemardhio and Riverside counties In 1972, and to San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara and Solano counties in 1980.