Radial Gate Installation May Require Weekend Road Restrictions at Pineview Dam

Media Contact: Bruce Barrett, (801) 379-1100
Don Merrill, (801) 379-1074

For Release: March 05, 2003

The current road restrictions across Pineview dam may possibly be extended in a last push to install new radial gates at the dam's spillway before spring runoff begins in earnest. The current road restrictions are from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. The proposed restrictions will also possibly include similar weekend limited access beginning March 15th through the end of March.

March and April is when snow in the higher elevations becomes meltwater and begins to increase stream flows and reservoir levels. The gates need to be installed and operational before large flows begin moving along the Odgen river. The contractor, CM Concrete, is working with UDOT and Reclamation engineers to complete the installation as soon as possible.

Two cranes will be used to set the gates in place, while one crane will be used to raise and lower them and install rubber seals along the edges of the gates. Those cranes will be on the road while doing this work. Although the contractor and Reclamation aren't certain the road will need to be closed, the agency wants to alert the public to the possibility. The work is expected to be completed by the end of the month.

The Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) Traffic Operations Center will provide notice of road restrictions to local radio stations on those Friday afternoons throughout March that they receive notice from the contractor and the Bureau of Reclamation. For more information, contact Don Merrill at the Bureau of Reclamation, or Andy Neff at UDOT, (801) 620 1641.

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