Holland Creek By-Pass Structure

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Project Details


Client: Fresno Metropolitan Flood Control District
Location: Fresno, California
Type: Flood Control Structure
Construction Cost: $3 million

Interesting Fact: Using a 4-bay reinforced concrete structure with overshot gates, an inter-tie to the Friant-Kern Canal, 3,000 feet of earthen levees, 1,400 feet of 48-inch pipe and a new Trimmer Springs Road Bridge, flood water is safely diverted to the Kings River during critical rainfall events.

Project Summary


Located immediately adjacent to the Friant-Kern Canal, the Holland Creek By-Pass Structure is an important component of the Fresno Metropolitan Flood Control District’s (FMFCD) system. Large rainfalls caused flood water to spill over the banks of Holland Creek, impacting neighboring agricultural and residential areas within rural Fresno County, California.

Blair, Church & Flynn assisted FMFCD with a $3 million, multi-phased flood control feature intended to divert flood water out of the Gould Canal and preserve the downstream capacity of FMFCD facilities. Using a 4-bay reinforced concrete structure with overshot gates, an inter-tie to the Friant-Kern Canal, 3,000 feet of earthen levees, 1,400 feet of 48-inch pipe and a new Trimmer Springs Road Bridge, flood water is safely diverted to the Kings River during critical rainfall events.

The nature of the project’s location, size and relationship to the Friant-Kern Canal required multiple agencies’ coordination to control and monitor the facility. Collaborative efforts between our firm, FMFCD, the Fresno Irrigation District and the Bureau of Reclamation helped make a successful, award-winning project.