Keenleyside upgrades continue

Castlegar-area dam is a multi-faceted contributor to its environment

  • May. 5, 2012 2:00 p.m.
Mainteneance and improvements to the Keenleyside Dam are important contributors to Castlegar's economy.

Mainteneance and improvements to the Keenleyside Dam are important contributors to Castlegar's economy.

 

Mary Anne Coules, Stakeholder Engagement Advisor, Community Relations, has updated the Castlegar News on the work which continues at the Hugh L. Keenleyside Dam near Castlegar.

“Last month, low-level outlet gate five was removed from the dam for refurbishment,” Coules pointed out.

“This process will take approximately three months and entails removing, inspecting and either replacing or refurbishing all of the parts; removing the existing seals; inspecting all existing welds; recoating the gate; installing the new seals; and inspecting and repairing the gate guides and other supporting equipment. Once this work is complete, the gate will be reinstalled and tested before it is returned to operation.

On the topic of work-related spinoffs, the community relations specialist declared, “This project brings significant benefits to the local community. An estimated $115,000 per month is spent locally in support of the work on this project, including the purchase of local project supplies and services whenever possible.”

Coules continued, “This includes machining works and the fabrication of tools, office supplies, accommodations, equipment rentals, safety and environmental protection equipment and services.Coules furnished an update for motorists interested in the resumption of access over the dam itself, informing that the road will remain closed until September 19, and further extended closures are anticipated beyond that date.