Work progressing on Vernon Lake spillway repair project

File photo of Vernon Lake | Source: KALB

VERNON PARISH, La. (LADOTD) - The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development says that work is progressing, and nearing completion, on the Vernon Lake dam and spillway repair project.

The earthen dam, spillway approach channel, and spillway were damaged during Hurricane Harvey, and a repair project began in Spring 2019 to address the damages.

So far, the contractor has completed all of the earthen dam repairs, the spillway approach channel repairs and most of the spillway patching.

DOTD initiated the process of allowing the lake to refill by closing the management gate several months ago.

Last week, DOTD slowed the rate of rise of the water level in the lake by slightly opening the management gate to ensure the last few items of work within the spillway can be completed.

It is anticipated the work may be completed within the next two weeks, weather permitting, at which time the management gate will be completely closed again, allowing the lake to refill at the maximum rate nature allows.

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