Leaburg Dam closure
Update: The road across the Leaburg Dam is closed weekdays from 8 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.to all vehicle and pedestrian
traffic. The road will be closed all five days for the week of Sept. 29-Oct. 3.
An EWEB repair project at the Leaburg Dam will require the intermittent 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 some weekdays this summer. 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.
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.
EWEB intends to install a new motor and gear box for the roll gate in the summer 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.
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.
Once EWEB's contractor has drawn up a specific work schedule, closure dates will be shared. In addition,
EWEB will place a digital message board near the dam to alert those driving on Highway
126 of specific closure dates.