Regional
7:49 am
Mon August 5, 2013

Cutoff Wall Being Built at Wolf Creek Dam

Construction on a cutoff wall has started at Wolf Creek Dam with officials say it is designed to prevent erosion from undermining the electrical switchyard near the base of the structure.

Wolf Creek Dam Rehabilitation Project Manager Don Getty says the new section of cutoff wall will be 180 feet long and constructed by drilling 50-inch overlapping holes, same as the 4,000-foot-long permanent concrete barrier wall was inserted in the dam during the past six years.

Getty told The Commonwealth-Journal the cutoff wall near the switchyard won't be as deep as the 275-foot-deep wall in the dam.

The project is an extension of the cutoff wall installed during the 1970s after serious leaks developed in the structure a decade earlier.