LANGLEY – In an effort to complete a required, federal inspection of the Pensacola Dam roadway and bridge decking, the Grand River Dam Authority is announcing that the portion of Highway 28 that crosses the dam will be closed from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. April 9-13.
The required inspection must take place every two years.
“We understand this temporary closing will be an inconvenience for many people,” said Justin Alberty, GRDA Corporate Communications director. “However, a road closure during the inspection hours will allow the work to move more quickly and much more safely for the personnel involved.”
Alberty added that GRDA will be working with contractors to complete the inspection of the structure and a roadway that has been accommodating traffic since its completion in 1940.
Inspectors will use a special “snooper truck” to get an up close look at the bridge decking from the bottom side, at the top of each of the main dam’s 51 arches. The east spillways will also be inspected.
Alberty added that informational flyers, including a map for alternate routes, are being distributed to the public. Temporary signs are also being posted to remind the traffic of the closing.
“Our goal is to finish this work as safely and quickly as we can,” said Alberty, “and we appreciate the public’s cooperation during this temporary road closing.”
Headquartered in Vinita, GRDA is Oklahoma’s state-owned electric utility; fully funded by revenues from electric and water sales instead of taxes. Directly or indirectly, GRDA’s low-cost, reliable; electricity serves nearly 500,000 homes in Oklahoma and stretches into 75 of 77 counties in the state. At no cost to Oklahoma taxpayers, GRDA also manages 70,000 surface acres of lakes in the state, including Grand Lake, Lake Hudson and the W.R. Holway Reservoir. Today, GRDA’s 500 employees continue to produce the same “power for progress” that has benefited the state for 75 years.