Leaburg Dam closure
Leaburg Dam

An EWEB repair project at the Leaburg Dam will require the closure of the road across the dam to all vehicle and pedestrian traffic from 8 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., on weekdays through mid-January 2015. During the closures, no vehicle or pedestrian traffic will be allowed to cross the dam. The contractor conducting the work will remove the crane and other large equipment from the dam between noon and 1 p.m. to allow vehicle and pedestrian traffic to cross. Those who miss the noon window will have to wait until after 4 p.m. to access the dam.

During the closures, McKenzie Fire & Rescue will station emergency vehicles on the left bank.

Why repairs are necessary

The Leaburg Dam features three roll gates, which regulate the volume of water spilled from the dam. The motor that controls the No. 2 roll gate failed in early 2012. Attempts to repair the motor in place were not successful, and it was removed in June 2012. The roll gate has remained in the "closed" or "down" position since the motor failed.

Work plan

EWEB intends to install a new motor and gear box for the roll gate in the fall of 2014. Prior to that installation, EWEB must erect a bulkhead immediately upstream of the No. 2 roll gate in order to isolate it from Leaburg Lake. The bulkhead structure will allow EWEB and its contractor to open and inspect the No. 2 roll gate safely and without causing the sudden drainage of Leaburg Lake.

Emergency planning

EWEB is working in partnership with McKenzie Fire & Rescue to stage emergency vehicles on the east side of the dam to respond to emergencies during the closures. Should a life-threatening emergency occur during a closure period, EWEB and its contractor will clear the dam as quickly as possible.

Check back for more details

EWEB has placde a digital message board near the dam to alert those driving on Highway 126 of specific closure dates.