The upcoming two night closure of Highway 165 across Table Rock Dam has been rescheduled.
Previously scheduled to close the nights of June 1 and 2, the closure at the dam will now run from 8 p.m. June 11 to 6 a.m. June 12 and again from 8 p.m. June 12 to 6 a.m on June 13, according to a press release from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Little Rock District.
During these closures, crews will be installing the equipment needed to reinstall the dam’s refurbished head gates, according to the press release.
The head gates on Table Rock Dam are gates that are in front of the turbines. When the gates are raised, water goes into the penstock, which is part of the turbine, and creates electricity.
This closure will be the third time since March that the dam has been shut down since this rehab project began. During these closures crews have been removing head gates from Table Rock Dam and transporting them to a separate location to be rehabilitated. Once completed the head gates are returned and then reinstalled into the dam.
In regards to any more upcoming closures, U.S. Army Corp of Engineers Little Rock District Public Affairs Specialist Laurie Driver said in an email “I believe there will be one more closure in June to finish the project.”
The closure has been coordinated with local emergency and law enforcement agencies. Officials said they regret any inconvenience the closure of the dam may cause and ask motorists in the area to prepare for additional travel time, according to the press release.