Lane to close on Highway 221 for repairs to Thurmond Dam

Lane to close on Highway 221 for repairs to Thurmond Dam

LAKE THURMOND (WFXG) - One lane on Highway 221 will be closed while crews make repairs to the spillway gates at the J. Strom Thurmond Dam, said officials with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Savannah District.

The repair project is scheduled to begin on Jan. 14 and may take up to two years to complete. Workers will inspect and make repairs to 20 of the 23 spillway gates at the dam as required by the Corps' dam safety program.

Traffic lights and warning signs will be in place during the road closure to ensure the safety of contract employees and motorists along this stretch of Highway 221.

The Corps awarded the $2.6 million contract to Construction Services Group of Charleston, S.C., in September 2013. The contractor plans to enlist the help of local sub-contractors, including Augusta Industrial Coatings, said Scott Hyatt, operations project manager for J. Strom Thurmond Lake.

"These repairs will ensure that we maintain adequate strength and serviceability of the dam," Hyatt said.

Unlike previous repair contracts at the dam, this project should not affect lake levels, officials said.