Leaburg Dam closure
All vehicle and pedestrian access across the Leaburg Dam will be prohibited:
- Update: No closures March 28 through April 30
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 spring
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.
Installation of the bulkhead started on Feb. 27 and could take several weeks.
During the work, all access across the dam will be prohibited from 8 a.m. to noon, and from
1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. During the closure periods, no vehicle or pedestrian
access across the dam will be allowed.
It is likely that the first two to three weeks will
require closures Monday through Friday, followed by periodic weekday access restrictions.
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 in late January placed a digital message board near the dam to alert those driving on Highway
126 of specific closure dates.