Leaburg Dam repair project
Leaburg Dam

The second phase of an EWEB repair project at the Leaburg Dam is underway. Work to replace the motor and gear box for the No. 1 roll gate started in late June 2015.

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. An EWEB contractor installed a new motor and gear box to operate the gate, and the gate became fully functional in January 2015. A second roll gate -- the one nearest Highway 126 -- failed in December 2014. Work is underway to replace the motor that operates the No. 1 gate by the end of 2015.

Work plan

EWEB started work to install a new motor and gear box for the No. 1 roll gate beginning in late June 2015. In late August or September, EWEB will erect a bulkhead immediately upstream of the No. 1 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. 1 roll gate safely and without causing the sudden drainage of Leaburg Lake. The project will require the closure of the bridge across Leaburg Dam on weekdays through the summer and fall. The dam will be closed to vehicle and pedestrian traffic from 8 a.m. to noon, and from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.