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Progress ongoing for repairs to Turner Shoals Dam

Odom Engineering’s Dave Odom was on hand at a recent Polk County Board of Commissioners meeting to update the Commissioners on the Turner Shoals Dam.

Polk County received a $6.5 million State Capital and Infrastructure Fund (SCIF) Directed Grant for repairs to the dam. The project will include the installation of post-tensioned anchors that are needed to meet stability criteria and a raising of the bulkhead structures on the sides of the dam.

“Once that is complete, we will be in complete compliance with all current regulations,” Odom told the Commissioners.

Turner Shoals Dam, also known as Lake Adger Dam, was built on the Green River in 1925 and is 665 feet long, according to the NationalDams.com website.

Odom told the Commissioners that plans for the repair project were recently completed by GEI Consultants and Odom also gave a potential schedule for the remainder of the project. Odom did note that reviews of current projects by the N.C. Department of Environmental Quality are taking several months longer than normal.

The hope was to have the project up for bids in July with construction starting in September and ending in April 2024. Odom said that at this point five or six months should be added to that proposed schedule.

“We’re moving forward and making progress,” Odom said.

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