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Spillway gate repair to restart for season at Gavins Point Dam

Published March 20, 2015
Aerial view of Gavins Point embankment, spillway and powerplant

Aerial view of Gavins Point embankment, spillway and powerplant

YANKTON, S.D. – Repairs to the spillway gates at Gavins Point Dam are set to continue Monday, March 23. The repairs, which began in 2014, include the inspection, repair, and painting of the 14 gates.

“The inspection of all the gates was finished in 2014,” said Dave Becker, Operations Project Manager for Gavins Point. “Repair work and painting has been completed on 5 of the 14 gates. Contractors will continue work on the other nine gates through 2015 and into 2016.”

On Monday, March 23, the road that crosses Gavins Point Dam will be closed from 8 a.m. through 5:30 p.m. so contractors can begin setting up equipment and barricades to close one lane of the spillway road. The lane will remain closed throughout construction. The lane closure will create a 9-foot width restriction on the open lane of the spillway. Large vehicles and trailers should consider taking an alternate route.

Extra traffic lights will be added to help with traffic flow. There will be delays of up to 4 minutes in spillway area throughout the repair process. The public is asked to use caution and obey all traffic control signals and/or flagmen to ensure the safety of everyone in the area.

Additional closures are scheduled for the following dates: 

  • Monday, March 30 at 8 a.m. through Friday, April 3 at 5:30 p.m. 
  • Monday, April 6 at 8 a.m. through Friday, April 10. at 5:30 p.m.

 These closures will include overnight hours. There will be periodic closures throughout duration of the construction. People can stay informed about upcoming road closures by checking, www.nwo.usace.army.mil/gavinspoint or by calling (402) 667-2546.

Karla Zeutenhorst
402-667-2537 (fax)

Release no. 20150317