TVA To Close Highway 101 at Wheeler Dam for Three Straight Weekends Starting Oct. 18
October 15, 2013
ROGERSVILLE, Ala. - Work at the Tennessee Valley Authority’s Wheeler Dam will require nightly closures of Highway 101 across Wheeler Lake for three straight weekends.
The dates and times of the closures are:
6 p.m. to 6 a.m. each night, Friday Oct. 18 to Monday Oct. 21
6 p.m. to 6 a.m. each night, Friday Oct. 25 to Monday Oct. 28
6 p.m. to 6 a.m. each night, Friday Nov. 1 to Monday Nov. 4
The closed road could create significant detours for some motorists who normally cross the river there. Motorists are urged to leave early and plan ahead to take alternate routes to cross the river.
TVA is working with the Alabama Department of Transportation, which is placing traffic message boards in key areas on the major roadways near the Wheeler Dam/Highway 101 area. In addition to signs and barricades to block traffic across the dam during work periods, police officers will be stationed at each end of the dam to assist motorists, provide directions and give the best alternate routes to specific local destinations.
TVA is replacing the hoisting machinery on the 80-year-old, 85-ton capacity intake crane, which sits atop Wheeler Dam and raises and lowers gates controlling water flow through the dam’s turbines. A 240-ton mobile crane with a 125-foot boom and other machinery for the project will set up on Highway 101 near the work zone and completely block the roadway.
The road will be closed during work hours for the safety of motorists and workers. Weekend dates were chosen to minimize disruption of traffic flow to the local community. Start-up and load testing of the new crane equipment will occur on the final weekend closure.
In the event of inclement weather, the work may be extended or rescheduled. Motorists should expect delays and may want to consider alternate routes.
The Tennessee Valley Authority is a corporate agency of the United States that provides electricity for business customers and local power distributors serving 9 million people in parts of seven southeastern states. TVA receives no taxpayer funding, deriving virtually all of its revenues from sales of electricity. In addition to operating and investing its revenues in its electric system, TVA provides flood control, navigation and land management for the Tennessee River system and assists local power companies and state and local governments with economic development and job creation.
Mike Bradley, Chattanooga, 423-751-3118
TVA Public Relations, Knoxville, 865-632-6000