Oroville Dam's Dam Crest Road reopened after two years

People from across the region got to look out over the top of the Oroville Dam on Saturday for the first time since the Spillway Crisis.

Posted: Jun 29, 2019 7:00 PM

OROVILLE, Calif. - People from across the region got to look out over the top of the Oroville Dam on Saturday for the first time since the Spillway Crisis.

Dam Crest Road, along the top of Oroville Dam, is open for people to walk or bike across and up to the upper overlook parking area.

"I am grateful to have this back open for the community," said Amanda, who lives in Oroville. "It's great to walk on [and] it feels good to have it back open."

"We live here on the other side of Kelly Ridge and we could hear -- during the whole construction -- we could hear and see the lights 24/7," said Danny, who also lives in Oroville. "We miss walking here after dinner...We're glad all the construction is dying down and things are getting back to a little bit of normalcy now."

Those who choose to go visit the area are asked to be careful of construction vehicles still using the route.

The DWR says they will reopen public access to the spillway boat ramp in early August.

The road is open from 5 a.m. to 11 p.m., seven days a week.

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