California dam project to shut down roads

Feb 10, 2014 12:10 PM

FOLSOM, Calif. (AP) — A billion-dollar project to improve the flood protection rating of a Northern California dam will periodically shut down 600 miles of roadway.

The Sacramento Bee reports ( that the closures in stretches from Portland, Ore. to Folsom are needed to transport massive new flood-control gates for Folsom Dam north of Sacramento. The gates are designed to release water earlier and faster during a flood.

Each assembled gate is about the size of 12 school buses strapped together in a cube. So a major interstate and other roads will have to be shut down to accommodate them even though they are being transported in pieces.

The gates were fabricated in Clackamas, Ore. The first shipment is expected later this month.

Federal officials say the roadways will only be closed at night.


Information from: The Sacramento Bee,

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